Falkland Islands: The High Price of Principle

A 19th century life-style persists as British build new defenses

The distant thundering explosions are vaguely reminiscent of the noise that kept residents on edge two years ago as British troops advanced across the barren hills to retake the Falkland Islands from Argentina. But these are not the sounds of war. Since last fall almost 700 men have been working up to 14 hours a day blasting through rock at Mount Pleasant, a bleak stretch of high ground 25 miles southwest of Port Stanley, the capital. They are building a new British military base...

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