The day is 2 of April, 1982. This is event is strictely related to the one of the previous blog, so if you Ihaven't read it, I recommend you do it now.
Ok, done? :P
Well, what happened that day is of more common knowledge to the world that what went on march 24°, but if the events that occurd that had not happened then today I would have been going to colleage like any other day. But let's just go to the point.
If you haven't guessed it already, this is about the Malvinas war, also (wrongly) known as the Falklands war. It was in april 2 when the argentinian troops where deployed in the island and took it back from the small english garrison that was stationated there. The following days were days of joy for the argentinian nation, and hundreds of people gathered in Plaza de Mayo (the countries most important square) to praise the goverment and the military for this act of nationalism. Quite an odd fact since not so many days ago people (probably even the same ones) were protesting and getting beat up by the police, screaming for having democracy back. But, what would be of life withouth a bit irony, right?
Well this is how all went on:
Back to that day, the military goverment, the "proceso de reorganización nacional", was running out of options. The whole country was now against them, and the euphoria that was caused by the soccer championship of the 78' had long worn off. So they needed something to stay on flote, and they needed it fast. The answer to that was to do something they did best. A military action. Before I countinue I should say that that in that decade argentina was in a arming process along with chile, as we were fearing a war would rage there due to some territorial conflicts over the Andes mountains.
Well, back to Malvinas. The president (military one, and one that liked the scotch a bit too much, if you know what I mean) decided to use that firepower to do a decesive and rather cheap military action: take over the lands that were rightfully ours. First of all, I should say that the islands truly belong to our nations, as they are in the same continental platfor as our country and had had an argentinian population when the brits arrived and kicked them away, and that they should one day belong to us, but what Galtieri (the president I was telling you about) did was not the right thing to do.
In truth, we weren't prepared to be involved in an actual war, the goverment had taken the islands just as a desperate maneouver to win the people back and we were not counting on the british to retaliate. But, sadly to us, Margaret Thatcher (UK prime minister of that time) was in a similar position, she too needed desperately something to win back some support. and well, we all know what happened afterwards, no need for to me to outline that is it?
well... if you don't know it you should have probably guessed it: we got out asses kicked.