Face-Off on the High Seas

The British and the Argentines brace for combat over the Falklands

The solemn scene has been played out time and time again over the centuries—the great warships weighing anchor and heading out to sea on the morning tide. Nearby, as a reminder of the glorious past, was the Victory, the flagship of Lord Nelson when he sailed out through the same channel to win his great victory over the French and Spanish at Trafalgar in 1805. And, as always, the Britons gathered at Portsmouth Harbor last week to watch the naval departure were swept with deep feelings of national pride and a sense of foreboding about an uncertain future. The crowd was...

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