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Do nations have the 'right' to make territorial claims in Antarctica?
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ozarker
Jul 01, 2011
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Yes. Historical precedence shows that they do.


gassedup
Jul 03, 2011
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So no land should ever be claimed by a nation?

 
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No. Antarctica, like the Moon, belongs to everyone.


accipiter
Jul 03, 2011
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This is not a matter of people having the right to do anything. The fight for territory and resources will not likely stop as long as somebody wants them. I don’t see that Antarctica would be any different than any other piece of land on the planet. It has been left alone for the most part thus far because nobody has seen a viable way to extract what they want from it.
Being from Canada, there is a natural nervousness since we are sitting on a huge amount of fresh water. The discussion about ways of diverting it and piping it to regions of the United States has been going on for as long as I can remember.
When the day comes and the perceived need for that water reaches a critical point, it is only a matter of time before somebody will decide to take it.
Canada is a minor player on the world stage, no matter what the government is telling us. We have no real way of defending our resources at this time and there doesn’t seem to be an appetite to develop methods of protecting ourselves.
It will not be taken with the tanks and fighter jets of a major power; it will be done with the stroke of a pen in a boardroom somewhere. There will be a massive ad campaign launched and everyone will be convinced that it is for the greater good and that the resources must be shared.
Just look at the pillaging that has taken place on every continent so far. Do you really think resources are safe anywhere if somebody wants them badly enough?


 
james67
Jul 02, 2011
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Yeah, like every other bit of territory.

 
marcopolo
Jul 04, 2011
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Hey you pimply little wimp is that your comment? Shit what insight. Come on you dont have any come backs yet? Attack me or something sh*t bag. Don't be afraid. Or you only attack people with too much class to stoop to your level. I don't have to worry I am in the gutter too.

 


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