The Falklands: Not This Again!

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner knows how to choose a sore subject:

"The sovereign claim to the Malvinas Islands is inalienable," she said in a speech marking the 26th anniversary of Argentina’s ill-fated invasion of the islands, located 480 kilometers (300 miles) off shore.

The April 2, 1982 invasion prompted then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to deploy naval forces to retake the Falklands, known as the Malvinas in Spanish.

The short, bloody conflict led to Argentina’s surrender on June 14, 1982 after the death of 649 Argentines and 255 Britons.

Historians saw the invasion as an attempt by Argentina’s ruling military junta, which was then in power, to divert attention away from domestic problems.

The last point is important: Bill Clinton used the Kosovo invasion to "wag the dog" and deflect from his troubles with Monica Lewinsky.  Looks like she’s reading the same playbook that Clinton and then Argentine dictator Leopoldo Galtieri used:

The comments came as Kirchner faces her own woes, battling against farmers who have barricaded roads in a protest against a stiff tax hike on soybean exports.

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