Britain was offering to sell arms to the Argentinian dictatorship just three days before the invasion of the Falkland Islands, newly released documents in the National Archive show.
The British ambassador in Buenos Aires sent a telegram to the Ministry of Defence in London on 29 March 1982 saying that the Argentine air force had an “interest in acquiring extra squadron bombers”. Ambassador Anthony Williams planned to meet the head of the Argentine air force the “next week” to discuss the sale.
The subject of that meeting – obviously cancelled when Argentina invaded the islands on 2 April – was the sale of Canberra jet bombers and the refurbishment of other bombers that Britain had previously sold to the regime. “BAe [British Aerospace] is committed to making a proposal [to refurbish the planes] … if all goes well here BAe could move further up the class in time,” Ambassador Williams wrote.
The documents show that British arms sales to Argentina’s junta, notorious for its abuses of human rights, jumped after MargaretThatcher came to power. Arms sales rose from £4.9m in 1978 to £62.6m in 1979; £46.7m in 1980 and £12.5m in 1981. Margaret Thatcher‘s government oversaw the delivery of two Lynx helicopters in 1979 and a Type-42 destroyer in 1980, contracts that had been agreed by the previous Labour government. Both the helicopters and the destroyer were used in the invasion of the Falklands.
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TAP – Money supplies all sides to all wars. Money actually ensures the wars come about too. The British naval attache in Buenos Aires was writing daily reports stating the Argentine invasion was coming for months (I even saw a BBC programme made on the islands saying an invasion was imminent with Argentinian planes overflying on a daily basis – since suppressed), yet Carrington ensured they were suppressed to make sure a war got going. His Bilderberg friends were well pleased with the results.
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