Morrissey: British know the Falklands belong to Argentina

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Niccolo and Donkey
Morrissey: British know the Falklands belong to Argentina

Telegraph UK

Anita Singh

March 2, 2012


The former Smiths frontman, never one to avoid controversy, said that British people shared his sentiment.

Performing at the Orfeo Arena in Cordoba, Argentina, Morrissey said: “You know, of course, the Malvinas Islands - everybody knows they belong to Argentina.

“So please do not blame the British people. We know the islands belong to you.”

His comments were met by loud cheers, before he launched into Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want .

Last month, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd dismissed Britain’s claim on the Falkland Islands, told Chilean television that he was “as ashamed as I possibly could be of our colonial past... when we were out raping and plundering and stealing”.
And Hollywood actor Sean Penn also denounced Britain’s stance over the Falklands as “colonialist, ludicrous and archaic”.

During a visit to Argentina, Penn criticised Prince William’s deployment to the Falklands as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, saying: “It’s unthinkable that the United Kingdom can make a conscious decision to deploy a prince within the military to the Malvinas, knowing the great emotional sensitivity both of mothers and fathers in the United Kingdom and in Argentina who lost sons and daughters in a war.”

This is only the latest in a string of provocative comments by Morrissey, who last year likened the killing of 76 people by Norwegian Anders Breivik to the business of fast food restaurants.

“We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown... though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried s--- every day,” he said.

In 2010, he described the Chinese as “a subspecies” on account of their poor record on animal rights.
Niccolo and Donkey

Morrissey is a singer.


Morrissey has always been a proponent of a sort of aesthetic, nostalgic nationalism. He's been accused to racism more than a few times , though most of it amounted to little more than a witch hunt. He has also made coherent statements against immigration and it's deleterious effect on English identity. Of course as Errigal notes, Moz is a singer and not a political person, let alone someone of the Right. Nevertheless, there is a pervasive theme of nostalgic nationalism in all his music, a romanticization of postwar England which, despite the fact that few would argue that it was a high moment for Great Britain, can still be seen as a saner, whiter time for the country.

Bob Dylan Roof
I think Nic and Azimuth are attempting to transform Morrisey into a man of the right. [​IMG]

These entertainment types don't really understand the Falklands War, its causes, its effects, and the nature of the Crown's relationship to the islands.

First and foremost, the majority of the ''Falkland Islanders'' are racially European and most are of British heritage - they identify as part of the Commonwealth. They aren't brown people who are suffering under John Bull's whip.

Secondly, Argentina's land grab was an effort by a left-leaning junta to a) intimidate their primary enemy (Chile) into submission and permit Argentina a free hand to issue territorial and maritime claims within its waters and contiguous zone and beyond; and b) raise its profile internationally by issuing a defeat to the, theretofore mighty but precipitiously declining, British Empire. It was not a romantic war of ''national liberation'' against a colonial power.

Finally, the Falklands War, despite being small in scale, was exceedingly costly. 2 Para's commanding officer was killed in action, the Royal Navy suffered terrible losses from Argentine exocet missles, and the British Army and the Argentine Army were largely in circumstances of material parity. At the battle of Goose Greene, the British Army lacked not only armor and artillery and air support, but they lacked even heavy machine guns; the end result being a gratuitous, almost demodernized bloodletting that was prolonged for no reason.

Upon return, as is par for the course in the UK, the veterans of the war were treated quite poorly. These guys didn't get their asses kissed pursuant to a cult of patriotardation as is par for the course in America. The British soldier, historically, is a working class individual who is underpaid, underequipped, underappreciated, and generally not even thought about by wider society - save for maybe as a ceremonial curiosity on Remembrance Day. There was a story recently on BBC about a commemoration of Falklands War dead that was unceremoniously avoided by the Royal Family - they didn't even bother to deploy some second rate duke or princess to put in an appearance. This isn't unprecedented - the British establishment simply doesn't give a shit.

So in essence, yeah, the Falklands War is pretty tragic - and at last count more Falklands vets have died by suicide than those that were killed in combat; but the tragedy doesn't involve brown people and ''colonialism'' - these celebs should hold their peace if they don't understand the historical dimensions of these things. Its not constructive to dumb down discourse further with cliched grievance mongering by proxy.

I must confess that I don't know much about the origins of the Falklands, i.e. how they became British, but it never struck me as about colonialism. For one, as you mention, the Falkland islanders are mostly sheep farmers of English ancestry. Secondly, what does Britain gain from holding on to islands? It's hardly colonialism if there isn't an economic incentive. It seems that Britain belatedly recognizes it has an obligation to protect it's countrymen abroad despite failing to do so in places like South Africa and Rhodesia.
Contributor 23

There's oil there. Otherwise they wouldn't have tugged a big bad weather rig literally halfway around the world. And that is why the Telegraph lets a "controversial" entertainer talk out of his aging white ass. "Stars" are just as important as politicians in shaping pubic opinion, if not more so.

Peruse the pages of Falklands Oil & Gas Ltd. for some insight.


Its not just petroleum rights, but that is a part of it. Its also a question of strategic maritime access around Cape Horn - a concern that the United Kingdom realized during the Great War when the Royal Navy engaged the oriental fleet of the Kaiserliche Marine in the South Atlantic in 1914.

Contributor 23

Falklanders are island people. Their allegiances are mercantile and petty, like the British.
As for the strategics of the whole deal, you can rest assured that the ocean floor around cape horn is inundated with listening devices and nuclear mines so sophisticated that Deep Blue springs to mind. These mines listen and learn, and have done so for decades.

-The Chileans also have a formidable coastline and shipyards are a big business there. That fiefdom is far more maritime in character than the other Latin nations. No Asiatic forces will imperil the S-Atlantic through Cape Horn.

Murmansk, Arkangelsk? Kursk was probably a warning.