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Unformatted text preview: s reminiscent of the last world war, posters were put up and loudspeaker messages broadcast at London railway stations, calling on men of the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, to return to their bases immediately. The first example is designed to draw a parallel, or more likely to deny one, between Admiral Woodward and Admiral Nelson. The analogy to Nelson, even if negated, can arouse patriotic feelings in the British. The allusions to the Second World War have two different functions to play. The first one is an attempt to provide support in favour of war by analogising between Nazi Germany and the junta-governed Argentina. It is a far-fetched analogy, especially if we consider the death toll in both wars (in the Falklands war about a 1000 soldiers died on both sides to ‘defend the freedom’ of 1,800 Falklanders). The second mention of WW II, reporting the call for soldiers on leave, seems to aim at increasing the war feeling in the nation. The analogy between the Nazis and the Argentines, an opposition between our boys and invasion force or foul and brutal aggressor contribute to a typical war propaganda routine of enemy vilification. It is also transparent in attempts to portray Argentines as deceitful and emotional (as tantamount to unreasonable): (41) Feb 1982: More Argentine sabre rattling followed another round of negotiations at the United Nations, in New York. Accusing the Government of Argentina of deception and bad faith and of making manifestly impossible demands, Mrs Margaret Thatcher told Parliament yesterday that their total rejection of British proposals for a settlement of the Falklands crisis had implications of the utmost gravity. Argentines gathered spontaneously (…) shouting, weeping and singing the national anthem. Argentine left-wing xenophobes A qualitative analysis of war news 127 Bob sounded calm, but said that the islanders were very disappointed and very worried, largely because they believed the Argentines to be unpredictable. …they would stand idly by while South Georgia and British Antarctica, with no permanent inhabitants, were the subject of similar unprovoked and unjustified acts of piracy. if they [Argentines] did not come to heel within 10 days British troops would go straight in to recover this country’s property Mr Sydney Bidwell (Ealing, Southall, Lab): Does her statement today mean that under her kind of leadership in the future there is no participatory role for a saner or civilized government of Argentina in any international system for the guarantee of peace in that area? The imagery used here has a very similar ring to that used in Trybuna Ludu and to Rzeczpospolita’s depiction of Americans in the reporting of the American air raids on Libya, as well as the American construal of the Oriental as showed by Sandikcioglu (2000, see Chapter Three, Section 7). Thus, the Argentines are construed as highly emotional (sabre rattling, shouting, weeping, singing), deceptive ([acting in] deception and bad faith, making impossible demands), unpredictable, not sane enough and not civilised enough to be partners in diplomatic talks with Britain; their nationalism is viewed as xenophobic; they are the dogs and the pirates. Unlike in the case of the Polish depiction o...
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