Now, Alas, the Guns of May


Negotiations collapse, and the British attack

Early this morning, British aircraft took action to enforce the total exclusion zone and to deny the Argentines use of the airport at Port Stanley." That terse announcement from Britain's Defense Ministry last Saturday confirmed what the world had steadily come to fear after a month of failed diplomacy: the war was on for possession of the remote, frigid, sparsely populated Falkland Islands.

In a sudden spate of attacks, British warplanes swept in over Port Stanley, the Falklands' tiny capital, and struck at the 4,000-ft. airstrip held since Argentina invaded...

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