- Sep 28, 2004
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I'm not clear on why you think my opinion about the differences between the Falklands and Hong Kong somehow gets you off the hook of having been caught red-handed in hypocrisy. You think a democratic vote should have been ignored and the voters should have been subjected to a dictator.
But to answer your question, how it's different from Hong Kong is painfully (and that's mostly painful to the people of Hong Kong) obvious: if Britain went to war to protect the people of Hong Kong from the PRC, Britain would lose.
Using force to drive people off and then keeping them off is not democracy.
Not in Israel, not in the Falklands.
When England does the same thing it's a fairy-tale, like when the Bolsheviks overthrew the Czar. England took control in 1833 but they didn't kick out the Argentine residents; the British persuaded them to stay -- by paying them the wages the Argentine government had stiffed them out of. Besides which, nobody is claiming England was a democracy in 1833. Why what a non-democracy did 180 years ago is relevant, you have not explained. The Falklands are a democracy now. And the current Falklanders aren't the people who drove Argentines off even in your fantasy history; for you to want to sentence them to a dictatorship for the crime of having unacceptable ancestors is your own moral blindness, not anyone else's.It is not antisemitism to say Israel kicked 700,000 people out and did not let them back to create an artificial Jewish majority.
That is not democracy.
And when England does the same thing in the Falklands it is not democracy either.
As for Israel, according to you when a colonial power used force to settle a place with its own people, there is no legitimate claim in that. So going by your own principles, the Arabs have no legitimate claim to Israel, since they were a colonial power who occupied Israel in the 7th century and drove out and/or set up a foreign dictatorship over the local residents. Or is 180 years too short a time but 1300 years long enough to make squatters' rights legitimate, according to the Supreme Authority of untermensche's dictate?