War is a handy - if cynical - way to boost support for a sitting government. The Falklands war was a Godsend for Margaret Thatcher. Her government was deeply unpopular before the war, but the victory over Argentina got her re-elected. Of course, a loss would have just hastened her defeat. Argentina may have benefitted overall by losing, as it resulted in the collapse of the ruling military junta. Ironically, the Argentine government invaded the Falklands in order to distract the citizenry's building resentment. But, it only made things worse.A good point. Thanks.\n\nAny mention of the Falklands War reminds me of a joke I learned from an Argentinian scientist I knew in the lab where I worked at the time of that war:\n\nArgentinians are Italians, who live in South America, speak Spanish, and think they're British.