Falklands: The Main Enemy is at Home
The Falklands War began with the Argentinean invasion of the British-owned Falkland Islands in April 1982, and ended with their recapture two and a half months later by British forces. 904 soldiers and three civilians died in the conflict. A wave of popular patriotism in the war's wake cemented the Thatcher government's hold on power with a landslide election victory the following year. There was some domestic opposition to the war, however: a thousand people marched through London against the war, with support from anti-nuclear and pacifist movements which were strong at the time. 'The main enemy is at home' is an anti-imperialist slogan of Karl Liebknecht, the German socialist revolutionary. The implication is that opposition to one's own ruling class is more important than loyalty to the state during wartime.