The Falklands War III

Lead: In 1982 Margaret Thatcher and the Military Leadership of Argentina were both very unpopular at home. The Falklands War saved one politically and destroyed the other.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After three years in power, Margaret Thatcher, leading a nation in the depths of recession, committed to a program of free market economics that had targeted many of England's popular social programs, and bearing a hectoring leadership style that bordered on the school-marmish was not a popular lady. As the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain she had to overcome doubts about her leadership in times of crisis and her toughness in the defense of England's dwindling place of importance in the world.

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The Falklands War I

Lead: In April, 1982 Argentina attempted to make good its claim and invaded a chain of British islands in the South Atlantic. The Falklands War had begun.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The roots of this conflict go back to the time of Christopher Columbus. To avoid territorial disputes in the newly discovered Americas, Spain and Portugal asked Pope Alexander VI to divide the world between them. After long negotiations, the two countries signed the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494. All discoveries west of the line which ran through present day Brazil went to Spain, all to the east could be claimed by Portugal.

 

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Evita Peron

Lead: Of all the political choices available to Juan Peron, probably the best choice he made was his wife.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Eva Duarte was around 1919, and grew up with her large number of brothers and sisters in her mother's boarding house. Just shy of sixteen she escaped her small town and came to the city of Buenos Aries. Eva had little education and no one to whom she could turn but she was intelligent, grittily determined, ruthless and very beautiful with naturally blonde hair and a terrific figure.

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The Falkland’s War (1982) – Part IV

                     Lead: Confronting Margaret Thatcher over the Falkland Islands, Argentina's ruling generals failed to consider the Iron Lady's determination or their own strategic advantages.

                      Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                      Content: After years of fruitless negotiation over the small South Atlantic archipelago, Argentina's military government, with substantial popular support at home, invaded the islands on April 2, 1982 and overwhelmed the freshly reinforced contingent of British marines. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reacted vigorously, threw a 200 mile naval war zone around the islands, and dispatched a task-force to retake them from an Argentine garrison that by the end of April numbered over 10,000 troops. She received United Nations support for a Resolution demanding an immediate Argentine withdrawal.

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