Chagos Islands Dispute

Discussion in 'Political Discussions' started by Kizmet, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Oh, no. No no, McGee. (Dating myself here.)

    Diego Garcia is not negotiable because it's the single most strategic U.S-U.K. military installation in the Indian Ocean. Even if the Current Occupants had no immediate use for the archipelago, we would continue to occupy it in order to exclude occupation by anyone else (China, I'm looking at you.) The U.N. can huff and puff all it likes. So what. No one with any actual global power gives a pile of old rat droppings what the U.N. thinks about this or (frankly) much of anything else.

    But the U.N. and U.S. DO have an ongoing need for the naval station for all sorts of military missions, some cloak and dagger, others quite public. So no, the White Ensign and the Stars and Stripes aren't leaving anytime soon. Not, at any rate, if we know what's good for us.
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  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    They win for as long as they want, in the sense that Mauritius is in no position to dislodge them militarily from the Chagos Islands. It's like China claiming the whole South China Sea: it's total BS, and everyone including the Chinese knows it, but who's going to stop them?

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