The Falklands War: Justification and Misperception

Examines both the Argeninian position and the British position on the Falklands War.

The author believes that the war should have never been fought, since it was filled with misperceptions on both sides. Argentina was wrong to think that the British would not respond. The British, meanwhile, were naive in assuming that Argentina would not try to grab the Falklands. At the same time this escalating situation was filled with justification. The Argentines were justified in believing that the British would never go to war over the Falklands. The British, meanwhile, were justified in fighting for the territory. This paper examines these two positions.