this is from the Scotsman. Falkland fear as Argentina steps up show of strength BRIAN BRADY WESTMINSTER EDITOR (email@example.com) AN INCREASINGLY anxious UK government is closely monitoring a build-up of Argentinian military strength and a series of confrontations with the RAF close to the Falkland Islands, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The activity has led Tony Blair's most senior advisers to demand he issues a "hands-off" warning to Buenos Aires. Downing Street is facing growing fears for the future of the islands - which were seized back from Argentinian control in a bloody and symbolic campaign ordered by Margaret Thatcher almost a quarter of a century ago. High-ranking officials in both the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office have confessed to concerns that the changing political situation in Argentina and Latin America, as well as Britain's growing military commitments around the world, are conspiring to undermine the security of the Falklands. snip A senior Ministry of Defence source said: "This could be termed as sabre-rattling, but when our forces are deployed in so many locations, its potential for causing mischief is magnified. We've been watching a steady build-up of the Argentine air force over the past year. Frankly, they have no need for such a large fighting force, and there is concern in Whitehall as to what this is all about." He added: "The Argentine air force is at least twice the size of that we fought during the Falklands War and the question has to be asked: how many more aircraft do they need?" Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, chairman of the all-party Falkland Islands Group, said: "It is time the British government told the Argentinians they won't get away with this alarming hostility. I hope the Argentine government is not planning any military action, but we have got to learn the lessons of the past and any actions have to be rebutted. The moment we are seen to be weakening, our resolve is going to be questioned." Rosindell said residents' fears of abandonment were reinforced last week when the BBC announced it was cutting its twice-weekly bulletins to the islands. Dr Francisco Panizza, senior lecturer in Latin American politics at the London School of Economics, said the signs of a new power base around Chavez had sparked anxiety among Western governments. "Kirchner's leadership is characterised by his populism, defining Argentina against her enemies," he said. "He has used multinationals and oil companies, so referring to the Malvinas would fit in with that - but I don't think he is in a position to invade the islands again." Panizza added that the Venezuelan leader's intervention "would have resonated very well in Buenos Aires". scotsman any views? are they actually likely to have a go given the current garrison and air strength on the FI, or is this purely for domestic consumption? and if it is purely for domestic consumption, can the current government keep it to sabre rattling?