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    When Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in April 1982 and ignited the Falklands War with Great Britain, many commentators saw the conflict as something of a quaint historical anomaly, a "throwback" campaign reminiscent of 19th century "petty scrapes" imperial Britain engaged in when the sun never set on its globe-circling empire.

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