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Jimena Val Gora
Beatriz Sarlo, at La Nación, offers this articlecontaining her sharp appreciation of the polemic Spot for the Olympic Games launched by the National Government last week. In the spot, we can see an Argentinean athlete training in Malvinas Islands. At the end we can read “[t]o compete in British soil, we train in Argentinean soil”.
It can be said that sport has the ability to wake nationalistic passions; this is true in Argentina and in almost every country of the world. During the Olympics, these nationalistic feelings tend to increase. In the particular case of Argentina, Sarlo affirms that nationalism is used to fill empty spaces of the social tissue. It has been used and abused both by democratic and authoritarian governments. Malvinas is indeed a good example of how nationalism can be exploited. 30 years ago people were celebrating in the streets the decision of a de facto and authoritarian president to take over the Islands by a military action. Now a military attack is completely out of the question, but the strategy chosen by the government, including the Olympic spot, seems to be to send hostile messages to UK.
Sarlo considers that C.Kirchnerhas made public announces and speeches her particular way of making politics. Her goal is never to lose the initiative in the media. The “Malvinas Spot” spot is used by the government to transmit a message beyond what the spot literally says. Fist, Sarlo argues, it gives the message that in the name of the country everything is valid –the spot has been filmed almost in secret and the participants did not know that it was for the government. Second, the transgression is too high. Malvinas may be considered Argentinean by most of the people, the government and a even by some allied countries, but in real practice they are under British control. This spot is a clear provocation, defended and paid by the National Government.
Jimena Val Gora
Martín Dinatale, at La Nación, analyzes the performance of Argentina in the VI Americas Meeting at Cartagena. Dinatale describes Argentina’s participation as the crystallization of the country’s diplomacy many errors and contradictions.
President C. Kirchner was unable to gain majority support on the Malvinas issue or even to give the issue some central place in the agenda. This failure led her to leave the summit early and even to tell Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos off. Dinatale argues that it was really naïve from Argentina diplomacy to expect US to support Argentina on the Malvinas issue; or to believe that the Malvinas issue would become more important than the Cuba exclusion from the meeting. President Kirchner also believed that the ongoing conflict regarding the obstacles to importations and the complaints of many of the region countries to Argentina’s commercial policies would not have any influence in Argentina’s plead for Malvinas.
According to Dinatale, these “silly “diplomacy mistakes can only be explained by a succession of errors in foreign policy and an important dose of arrogance.