"Brezhnev took Afghanistan
Begin took Beirut
Galtieri took the Union Jack
And Maggie, over lunch one day,
Took a cruiser with all hands
Apparently, to make him give it back"
— Pink Floyd, "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert"
"The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb."
—Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian writer
"Earthshock has the unfortunate distinction of airing two weeks before the Falklands War breaks out... its a soberingly problematic moment in British history. Thereís not really a way around the sense that the war was, if not wholly motivated by the fact that there would have to be an election soon, at least firmly conducted with one eye on the polls. The Argentinian side — a fading military dictatorship in desperate need of a propaganda coup — was certainly no better, but the sudden reversion to raw militaristic jingoism in the UK was genuinely chilling, doubly so because it worked so well in the 1983 general election. Similarly, those inclined to despise Rupert Murdoch and The Sun have little evidence substantially better than the paperís war coverage and reflexive support of the Thatcher government.
So to see Doctor Who, two weeks before the war broke out, running a story in which even the Doctor ends up as an action hero wrestling a Cyberman and rubbing gold into its chest plate before Nyssa guns it down and where the main supporting good guys are just space marines with big guns is... dismaying."
"If you don't think a woman can handle a war, ask the Argentinians."
— Robin Williams, Weapons of Self-Destruction