Falklands : Invasion Alert Article: Rubbish
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 23.05.2005 (Article Archived on 06.06.2005)
It’s bad enough when Sunday papers have an underhanded go at former Governors but when it comes to provoking the Falklands’ neighbours and upsetting people here, things have gone a bit to far.
INVASION ALERT ARTICLE: RUBBISH
An Editorial by J. Brock (FINN)
It’s bad enough when Sunday papers have an underhanded go at former Governors but when it comes to provoking the Falklands’ neighbours and upsetting people here, things have gone a bit to far. One might think that silly season is in August but it must have come early this year. Just when we need co-ordination with our neighbours over poachers who are stealing a valuable resource (spawning Illex stocks), the Sunday Express comes up with a front page and a two-page spread about an invasion alert that simply won’t happen.
Saying that the HMS Portland has sailed in to reassure Islanders was a bit much. The Naval Vessel was carrying a civilian from Tristan da Cunha and that indicates her voyage was routine. If the alert was higher, it is doubted the vessel would be ferrying civilians from one place to another.
The article also got the number of Military personnel at Mount Pleasant wrong as well as the aggressive flying by the Argentine Military over the FICZ. If any flights occur, it is likely the Argentines are looking for poachers. At $350,000.00 per thieving vessel, I’d be looking for them, too.
Economic tensions between the Falklands and her neighbours won’t go away. At best, we can keep them from escalating and “exclusives” like the one Sunday Express printed today don’t help.