I have on the shelves Max "I counted them all out and I counted them all back" Hastings' "The Battle For The Falklands" as well as "The Sinking of the Belgrano" by two other journalists whose names I fail to recall . The Belgrano book seems to me to imply on the flimsiest evidence that the peace-loving Argentinian cruiser, sailing outside the "exclusion zone", away from the Falklands and no threat to the British Task Force, was sunk in order to torpedo any prospect of a negotiated settlement. This certainly has been the view of the left for the last 25 years.
I noticed the other day that the Belgrano's captain, perhaps understandably, disagreed with this view. Sam Tarran noticed too. Let's hope his drama teacher reads it.
UPDATE - It wasn't Mad Max counting them in and out. Twas the BBC's Brian Hanrahan.
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