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I suspect that if it had happened 12 years later then it wouldn't have mattered too much. However it was just 4 years after the Falklands and it was being bigged up as a massive grudge match by the British press - the headline in The Sun was "It's War Senor". He was also blatant and unapologetic about it. Had he said sorry and said that it was an accident then he could have diffused the situation. However he wasn't and he didn't so bollocks to him.