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falklands mines - why arent the argies clearing them??

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7742661.stm

Campaigners say the move this week could damage the UK's international reputation and set a bad example that other nations may try to follow.

that's all well and good, but we didn't plant the fcuking things in the first place. how does it damage the reputation of the UK that we haven't cleared 20,000 mines left there by argenbloodytina?

the article goes on to say the islanders really aren't that bothered, the mines are only in 0.1% of farmable land, so it's not really an issue anyway... just another excuse to bash britain.
 
#2
The Argies aren't clearing them because we won.
 
#4
IIRC: Didn't we sell the mine and the delivery systems to the Argentinians?
 
#5
I would want a load of Argentinitian Military, turning up to "clear the mines" if I was living on the Falklands? They might see it as a chance to try again......?
 
#6
I'm ok still got my minefield maps
 
#7
Give your heads a shake fellas.

We humiliated the Argentinians in 1982. Does anyone seriously think that if the boot was on the other foot, that you would countenance the sending of British troops to risk their lives clearing an area that is not under our control?

The spoils of victory are not always a good thing.
 
#8
The Argies showed that they shouldn´t be trusted with anything to do with mines in ´82. When they scattered them around willy nilly, with bad records and then destroyed-removed the p1ss poor records they did have when the combined mights of the Paras, Royals, Guards and Gurkhas smashed them all over the islands. Not to mention the Poole and Hereford Hooligans popping up left right and centre.

They would probably just use the fact in further "claims" on the Islads.

As mentioned,t he Islanders aren´t that fussed or affected. Much better to use scarce resources in places that need clearing!!!
 
#9
chocolate_frog said:
The Argies showed that they shouldn´t be trusted with anything to do with mines in ´82. When they scattered them around willy nilly, with bad records and then destroyed-removed the p1ss poor records they did have when the combined mights of the Paras, Royals, Guards and Gurkhas smashed them all over the islands. Not to mention the Poole and Hereford Hooligans popping up left right and centre.
They are also laid in peat and move when it swells or dries out. It has been decided that it's far safer to just adhere to the maps issued and report anything visible.

Sounds like a good job for a penal battalion of Chavs who rob poppy collections and beat up veterans. Could also make it a bit more lifelike for them by firing the odd burst over their heads.
 

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#10
Bl00dy silly treaty in the first place. No reason why we should have given away what is essentially a matter of sovereignty - supine Govt should have excluded Falklands, even if it did make sense for us to foreswear what could be a useful weapon to protect our troops in the future. As I understand it Russia and China aren't signatories anyway - what money do they put up to clear mines of their manufacture?
 
#11
The whole thing was started by Argentine scrap metal merchants, don't give the buggers another chance!

I thought that the treaty required signatories who had laid mines to remove them. We didn't lay these mines so, naturally any clearance is considerably more hazardous and if, as in this case, the mines aren't in an area where life is likely to be at risk why risk our lives to clear it?
 
#12
I have a solution, get all the fcukers who removed/destroyed the records in extended line at one end of the minefield and get them to walk through it!
 
#13
I like Plant lifes idea, and the idea raised by Taffnp.

Maybe the chavs could be seconded to the Argentine Armed Forces? I am sure they would be, er, looked after.
 
#16
Is there still a permanent det from 33 eod based at Stanley?

Do they still have to go to dry out immediately after the tour and indent for a new liver?
 
#17
The Argentinians aren't the only ones to have laid mines and then not picked them up.

We still have a significant amount of mines knocking around the Western Desert , and we haven't removed them yet, though efforts are being made.

It would be very good of Putin to announce he was going to do something about the millions of legacy mines in Afghanistan too.

Right now Argentina can't afford a loaf of bread. I don't think they're in a rush to sort out mines in areas of the Falklands dominated by sheep.
 
#18
GoodIdeaAtTheTime said:
IIRC: Didn't we sell the mine and the delivery systems to the Argentinians?
Where the fcuk did you read that sh1t ? Britain wasn't making their own mines for many years previously to 1982 -we bought them from the septics .

Most of the mines used by the Argies were Argentine produced such as the FMK1 or FMK3 so don't come on here with Argy loving nonsense . Please at least give the impression you might have a vague clue about the topic discussed before you air your views
 
#20
Leave them in place. Seeing as they destroyed all their records, the Argies won't know where the mines are , and will be a nice surprise if they ever invade again.
 

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