Yeah, things are pretty serious. You would think the United States would be backing up its ally in this situation. You would be wrong. Check out the statement coming out of the State Department:
Argentina has pretty well declared war by other means on the U.K. over the islands it claims as "Las Malvinas."
It has detained Falklands fishing boats, denied port and flight rights to ships and aircraft flying the Falklands flag, harassed Spanish vessels fishing under Falklands license, and craziest of all, declared a "squid war" to encourage Argentine fishermen to harvest River Plate squid early. Why? To ensure they don't swim east to enrich Falklands waters, of course.
More seriously, Argentine mobs, likely paid for by the government, have attacked the U.K. embassy and burned the British flag in Buenos Aires. President Cristina Fernandez convinced Brazil and Uruguay to deny Falklands-flagged ships entry, isolating the islands.
We believe that this is a bilateral issue that needs to be worked out directly between Argentina and the United Kingdom. That's what we are encouraging both sides to do as we head towards this anniversary... We are encouraging Argentina and the UK to work this out peacefully, to work it out through negotiations.
So Argentina threatens the UK and the UK is supposed to negotiate? Why? They've done nothing wrong and have every right to the Falklands. They shouldn't have to give up an inch of their sovereignty. You know, another way to get Argentina to stand down would be for the United States to actually stand up for its ally. Say that any attack on British possessions would be treated as an attack on the United States itself. Argentina would have no choice but to back down then. Sure they'll get mad, but who cares. I don't see Argentina backing us up on any stage anywhere.