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  1. Re the closed thread on dictatorships - bit off topic for the thread so...


    There is an interesting historical background to this and I actually had the chance to ask Author & Columnist Charles Moore himself at a lecture he gave recently to clear up this very point of the UK/Chile relations

    The explanation he gave was quite lengthy and detailed -and I'm paraphrasing- that's become a shibboleth in some quarters comprised of a misapprehension of the subtle Diplomacy of the time shortly before The Falklands War.

    Moreover, the reality of Statecraft is that it is almost always a selection of options that all suck but in different ways (i.e compromise) and the choosing of lesser evils. Meaning you have to deal with world leaders who you may fundamentally disagree with in pretty much in every regard of civic and statecraft policy, yet which you both have the same or similar objectives in another regard. Statesmen and Diplomats worldwide make these hard choices daily, and live with the consequences, whether they turn out well or not. It is a Diplomatic truism that for Britain, it is in a nation's interest to keep faith with her allies. Nations or States in this sense are like people. If you get a reputation for exacting favours and not returning them, the favours dry up - and you can even see this effect in ED.

    In the run up to just before before the Falklands War -and Britain's hastily dispatched Atlantic task force with ancient Vulcan bombers- it turned out the RAF did not have any adequate Long-range RADAR cover, so it was a matter of going for the less than ideal *yet pragmatic* option of the only nation that could lend a hand -Chile- for them to provide all important advance military Intel of imminent Argentine air attacks with a long-range RADAR net. Without it, all UK harriers would have been shot down. Chile also was under threat from neighboring and more powerful Argentina: so if Britain defeated the Argentine junta Chile would also benefit So at the time, with either no RADAR and losing the War via lack of air superiority, and having the isles fall into rule by (another) dictatorship, OR holding your nose and asking Chile for essential RADAR facilities AND secret airbases for the SAS. Near the end of the war the RADAR had to be turned off for 24 hours emergency overdue maintenance. On that same day the Argentine air force destroyed the Sir Galahad and The Sir Tristram with heavy losses.

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