Britain: A Sinking Defense

Ever since a Royal Navy submarine torpedoed the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano during the 1982 Falklands war, killing 368 crewmen, the British government has maintained that the action was taken in self-defense. Information surfaced last week, however, indicating that the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had other motives for the sinking, and even considered using nuclear weapons in the conflict.

Labor M.P. Tarn Dalyell sent documents to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons suggesting that the government had withheld information about the Belgrano affair from the committee. Dalyell also alleged that British forces were not in immediate...

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