Latin America

Forty years on, the Malvinas war is met with a shrug in Argentina

The attempt to reclaim the islands was accompanied by a wave of patriotism. Today, the issue no longer awakens the passions it did decades ago

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“Forbidden to Forget,” reads a license plate of sorts held by the grandson of a former Malvinas soldier at an event in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. Photo: Joel Reyero/DPA/Alamy Live News

It has been forty years since Argentina briefly re-took the Islas Malvinas – as Argentina refers to the Falklands  – sparking an international conflict in 1982 that the country had not seen in more than a century. But from the perspective of Buenos Aires society today, the military’s optimism and the popular euphoria with which the adventure was received at the time are hard to understand.

Although the vast majority of Argentinians still see the islands as a legitimate national claim, the cause does not awaken the passions it did during the war and even years before it....

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