facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Britain doubted Falklands War, papers say

March 22, 2013 at 4:07 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
LONDON, March 22 (UPI) -- High-ranking British government members were skeptical of the military defense of the Falkland Islands in 1982, newly released papers indicate.

The information, from the personal archive of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was recently published by Cambridge University's Churchill College, the BBC reported Friday.

The papers indicate some of Thatcher's closest advisers voiced concerns the Falkland Islands weren't worth the fight, the British newspaper The Guardian said Friday.

The report noted that, contrary to the pro-war spirit of the time, advisers considered ideas to buy out the 1,800 residents of the Falklands and turn the islands in the South Atlantic Ocean to Argentina, which demanded its return.

Her chief of staff, David Wolfson, suggested a $100,000 guarantee to each Falklands family, with repatriation to Britain, Australia or New Zealand, The Guardian said.

The British navy engaged the Argentine navy in securing the islands for Britain.

One Conservative Parliament member is quoted in the archive, as saying: "We're making a big mistake (in sending warships to the Falklands). It'll make Suez look like common sense."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
3
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
4
American man detained by South Korean marines American man detained by South Korean marines
5
Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback