"The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb"
- Jorge Luis Borges
About this Quote
Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine author, essayist, and also poet understood for his creative and philosophical composing style. The quote "The Falklands point was a fight between 2 hairless guys over a comb" is attributed to him and describes the Falklands War, which took place between the UK and also Argentina in 1982.
The quote is an allegory, where both bald men represent the UK and Argentina, and also the comb represents the Falkland Islands, which have little tactical, economic, or political significance. The Falklands War was viewed as a battle for status as opposed to an essential gain for either side.
Borges suggested that the battle was pointless and that both sides were arguing over something that did not matter over time, much like 2 hairless males contesting a comb that neither can utilize. The quote is often made use of to slam the war as well as satirize the suggestion of going to war over a relatively worthless possession.
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