I remember exactly what I was doing. Do you ?
I know, because I was lying in a Military hospital bed in Northern Ireland in a bed next to a beautiful 21 yr old girl who had been shot in the back and legs six times .
We were told that Argentina had invaded the Falkland Islands.
Like many people at the time we were a bit confused. The Falklands ? isn't that above Scotland somewhere ? why would the Argentinians invade there ? We soon found out where it actually was.
I don't want to get into the politics or history of the situation, all I know is the people side of why.
As a serving soldier I was involved in the Northern Ireland and the Falklands conflict. I served with the Intelligence corps in Northern Ireland and came into contact with the "ordinary" people. In the Falklands I spent R & R with a family, I spent time in Port Stanley, I listened to their views, their hopes and dreams.
For me at that time it was simple. We were there to defend people who were British, who thought of themselves as British, who spoke English, who wanted to be part of Britain. That simple, whatever your views or politics it really was that simple.