The history of the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) goes back at least five hundred years, with active exploration and colonisation only taking place in the 18th century. Nonetheless, the islands have been a matter of controversy, as they have been claimed by the French, British, Spaniards and Argentines at various points.
In 1832 Argentina took back the Island, disregarding the British claim of 67 years prior. Less than 3 months later, the Brits evicted Argentine once again.
And on April 1982, an Argentine military force invaded the Island again…The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, returning the islands to British control.
In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.
Now, I understand that 18th century was a mess and the Brits, French and Spaniards colonised (read: murdered) whatever and whoever was on their way, but Falkland Islands are in South America, one step away from Argentina and light million years from the United Kingdom.
Should Britain give the Falklands to Argentina? That’s a question I always ask myself… And my answer is always yes, because I speak to myself like a crazy person.
The fact is, less than 5000 people live on the islands, and the whole things is very complex but by doing the right thing (giving them back to Argentina) they will also put centuries of enmity behind.
Our world needs peace not another dumb war for territory, especially when geographically you are not in the same continent.
When I was kid, I remember my grandmother had on her fridge an sticker that said “Las Malvinas son Argentinas” (the Falkland Islands are Argentine). And they were, are and will always be.