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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