Skip to comments.Falklands governor who defiantly refused to shake Argentinian general's hand... dies aged 86
Posted on 11/12/2012 12:33:28 PM PST by naturalman1975
Sir Rex Hunt, who was in charge of the Falkland Islands when Argentina invaded in 1982, has died aged 86.
Sir Rex was considered a hero in the Falklands for his courage in organising the resistance to the Argentine invasion.
He was taken prisoner by the Argentine invasion force and expelled to Uruguay.
But when Britain recaptured the islands following the 74-day war he returned as Governor and remained in post until 1985.
The Falkland Islands Government said it had received the news with 'great sadness'.
In a statement it added: 'He will forever be remembered in the islands for his years of service as Governor, and particularly for his courage and dignity in facing the Argentine invasion in 1982.
'His numerous contributions to our home were recognised in his being granted the Freedom Of Stanley in 1985.
'A loyal friend of the Falkland Islands, he served for many years as Chairman of the Falkland Islands Association and as President of the UK Falkland Islands Trust.
'His passion and commitment to the Falkland Islands will be sorely missed.'
The former Spitfire pilot was governor of the Falkland Islands between 1980 and 1985.
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When the invasion began on April 1 1982, Sir Rex made Government House the operational headquarters for the Royal Marines, sending his wife and son away to a safe house, while all servants and domestic staff were told to leave with their most valued possessions.
After a fierce battle in which outnumbered Royal Marines shot dead an Argentine navy officer, Sir Rex took the painful decision to surrender.
In full gubernatorial uniform, including plumed governor's hat, he went to the town hall in Stanley to meet Admiral Carlos Busser, the Argentine general commanding the invasion.
He refused to shake hands with him, and said: 'You have landed unlawfully on British territory and I order you to remove yourself and your troops forthwith.
'This is British territory. You're not invited. We don't want you here. I want you to go now and take all your men with you.'
Sir Rex also refused to shake hands with the new Argentine governor, General Garcia.
Can we get some of this man’s blood and infuse it into the house Republicans? Please.
Sounds like he had a serious pair of stones.
“Can we get some of this mans blood and infuse it into the house Republicans? Please.”
After this election, I heard tons of calls of idiots that say, “We should come together as nation and support the president, and put the election behind us”.
I see such calls as such a handshake. Basically agreeing to violate my principles. Agreeing to submission.
There is no handshake. There is no agreement.
RIP. Hopefully this world has more men like them, and they are just waiting for the right time.
I think that's the standard issue admonition amounting to "don't organize an armed insurrection to overturn the election results" rather than "give him everything he wants".
With the current Republican leadership you would be mistaken in that belief.