See for me its that old sticking point of self determination, Britain has perhaps the most legitimate claim also to the island , having discovered and colonised it first. argentina themselves dont use the proximity argument as the major point in their claim for sovereignty, is that it was left to them by spain.
The islanders see themselves as british, they have a culture and community and way of life.
Dont get me wrong the motivation of the government is purely oil and fish, they would sell out the islanders at the drop of the hat for the right offer.
but i think morally and ethically while people there see themselves as british and wish to remain british they should be afforded all of the rights and protections of british citizens.
While i have little time for governments and their interest in wars in countries that dont concern them, i have all the time in the world for our armed forces. The fact that british lads gave their lives defending the islands should not be forgotten, it would be an insult to simply hand over the islands now, while nothing has changed in regards to britains reasons for going to war in the first place if you know whqt i mean.
You've not written anything there I disagree with - I have mixed feelings over it all.
I think my main point is this - we went to war a little over 30 years ago, for these islands, and if that still has the possibility of rearing it's head again, then we've done a piss-poor job of either mitigating it, or making the situation more palatable to all. Because if it's going to come up, time and time again, as brinksmanship or worse, then it should be telling us something - and in fairness, the islanders, too - either it needs to be resolved better, or some
change needs to happen.
Who's to say - but one day we might lose.