History All Over Again: Britain and Argentina are Tussling Over the Falkland Islands

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This was then The battle for the islands

The past is a foreign country," said the English novelist L.P. Hartley. "They do things differently there." However true Hartley's observation is of other countries, it is not true of his native land. The trouble with England is that the past never leaves you alone. Just when you think it is dead, the damn thing clambers out of the grave.

The passage of 30 years has not made the Britain of 2012 noticeably different from the Britain of 1982. Once again a Conservative Prime Minister is presiding over an economic crisis — Margaret Thatcher then, David...

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