The land of rocks, sheep, and penguins has once again found itself in the hungry gaze of Argentina.
A long time ago, in an age of myth and legend, Europe sent ships full of people with guns to travel around the world and take things from brown people who didn't have any guns. This is how all of the countries in what we call "America" were created. From Canada down to Argentina, each country has tried to reintegrate its indigenous population with varying levels of success.
At the bottom of the continent were a couple empty rocks that were first seen by Magellan in 1520 and first landed on by the British a hundred and seventy years later in 1690, where they were named after the patron of the ship's captain, Viscount Falkland.
The first settlement was by the French in 1764 and named Port Louis. Spain objected to this and was ceded the islands, which they called the Malvinas, in 1767. In 1765 the British had set up an outpost on the islands which was later expelled by Spain. The Spanish let them return to resettle later, but at this point in time Spain controlled the islands, and pretty much everything in South America except for Brazil and some other stuff near the Caribbean.
And for a long time nothing happened and no one lived on the islands. In 1833 the British set up the current society in the Falklands. The Falklanders, their sheep, and their chummy penguin neighbors lived on in peace until the 1980s when the military dictator of Argentina invaded the islands, triggering the Falkland Islands war in 1982. The British won this war quite handily, securing their claim on the islands.
Now, with the recent discovery of oil in the British Exclusion Zone, the old chestnut of "take back the Malvinas" has been taken out of the Argentinian political chalk board. The president of Argentina, Sean Penn, various liberals, the head of the UN, and apparently President Obama, have urged for talks on the issue.
In actuality, the Falklanders, who have lived on the islands for almost two hundred years, have shown no desire to become Argentinian, and indeed repeatedly state their wish to remain British. To me, this is the clinching argument. Especially since Argentina's counter argument is "why should we care what they think?"
If anyone is being imperialist in this case, it is Argentina, who is using their station as an economic power in Latin America to curry the opinion of South America into their view by raising restrictions on the people of the Falklands in an attempt to--almost literally--starve them out.