Wednesday, December 10, 2003

What’s all this about the Brits taking nuclear weapons to the Falklands in 1982? They weren’t seriously considering nuking Argentina over a little island no one had ever heard of, on the other side of the world, with a few farmers and some sheep, were they? (And if they weren’t, what did they need the weapons there for?)

Makes you wonder about the wholesale criticism they’re dishing out to the Israeli government these days, for doing its best to prevent kids riding on buses to school from being blown up.

Update: The loyal Expat stands up for the old homeland (what can I say, he's a better person than me): "Some of the ships sent to the Falklands came directly from Nato deployments and other stations without returning to the UK. Some of them would have carried nuclear tipped depth charges for use against Soviet subs in the event of a general war.

They would have been useless in the Falklands war. The fuss seems to have been over container damage when they were transferred back to other ships. The Sheffield would not have been left to sink if there had been nukes on board."