Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentina. On the 2nd of April, 1982, Argentina, led by General Galtieri’s military junta, invaded the tiny set of islands 8,000 miles from the UK in an effort to provide Argentinians with a flag-waving distraction from the deep economic and social malaise they found themselves mired in back home. Since 1833, Great Britain has claimed sovereignty over the islands, though Argentina strongly disputes this and calls the islands “las Islas Malvinas”. Six weeks after the invasion, a British military task force arrived and took back the islands after two months of fierce fighting.
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