Falklands : FALKLANDS SAY SHAME ON YOU SEAN PENN
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.04.2012 (Article Archived on 09.05.2012)
Expressing his opinion that he had a major bone to pick with Mr Penn about his remarks about the Falkland Islands, Mr Morgan quizzed Sean Penn about them.
SHAME ON YOU SEAN PENN
An editorial by J. Brock (FINN)
Piers Morgan interviewed Sean Penn at VonStuben High School in Chicago, where he was being honoured by Nobel laureates for his work in Haiti. Expressing his opinion that he had a major bone to pick with Mr Penn about his remarks about the Falkland Islands, Mr Morgan quizzed Sean Penn about them.
Mr Penn seemed focused and intelligent about his work in Haiti and his interpretation of the US elections and the economic situation the US is now facing.
But when he said: “We don’t spend much time outside our comfort zone and comforts,” he was right when the Falkland Islands were involved. Obviously the Falklands fall way outside that zone as it appeared his opinion and knowledge about the Falklands were acquired in a nanosecond, possibly when anesthetised over a bottle of cheap wine with his South American friends.
He went from being cool and purposeful while talking about Haiti and the US election and economy to agitated and nervous while spouting flimsy rhetoric about the Falklands.
“I had said very little about the possibility of opening up immigration which I think the United Kingdom understands very clearly would ultimately take over that Island, should it be opened, because you have about 3,000 people raising goats there and that’s about it and the fishing community alone..” Penn said.
So much for saying nothing about Falkland Islanders; those words relegated him to being a cheap cynic in our eyes; and it took the shine off good work he has done in Haiti.
Mr Morgan could have scored points if he asked if Mr Penn had visited the Falklands and missed a golden opportunity to call Mr Penn to account. However, Mr Penn was wilfully ignorant about the Falklands in that he has never been here nor has he ever interacted with any of us, yet he has set himself up as a Falklands’ authority.
I’d like to be a brain surgeon but would not do an operation without the proper credentials.
He went on to rant about our oil industry without realising it is in the remit of the Falkland Islands’ Government to explore for and exploit hydrocarbons in our waters. If he is to come against anyone about it then it’s us and not Britain.
Off-handed remarks about Pinochet and his methods of torture are irrelevant because the former dictator of Chile is dead and the events of 1982 are now 30 years old. Aside from Prince William and alluding to our regular patrol ship visits, Mr Penn used ancient facts to make his point. Perhaps he should do a little more research before pontificating about the Falklands.