Not many people are likely to have noticed, but it is worth recording that the Argentine president, Nestor Kirchner, last week condemned the Falklands war of 1982 as an act of "cowardly aggression" by the then military dictatorship. The junta, said the centre-left president, wanted to shore up its position at home by embarking on a nationalist adventure abroad. Many Argentines, only half joking, thank Margaret Thatcher for sending the task force 8,000 miles to liberate the islands. The debacle ended the dictatorship of General Leopoldo Galtieri, discredited the military and led to the restoration of democracy after seven years. That in turn ended the terrible "dirty war" of torture, disappearances and mass murder that the country is struggling to come to terms with.Not exactly the view of many of the comrades at the time.