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Margaret Thatcher speaks in New York:

    Baroness Thatcher was speaking at a meeting of Atlantic Bridge, an Anglo-US free market think-tank set up by Liam Fox, the Shadow Health Secretary. Her audience included Michael Ancram, the deputy leader of the Conservative Party, and Michael Howard, the Shadow Chancellor.

    ….Lady Thatcher said: “For years, many governments played down the threats of Islamic revolution, turned a blind eye to international terrorism and accepted the development of weaponry of mass destruction. Indeed, some politicians were happy to go further, collaborating with the self-proclaimed enemies of the West for their own short-term gain – but enough about the French. So deep had the rot set in that the UN security council itself was paralysed.”

    She spoke of her pride at the way Britain stood by America over Iraq: “Our own Prime Minister was staunch and our forces were superb. But, above, all, it is President Bush who deserves the credit for victory.”

    ….Lady Thatcher warned that America and Britain faced “a pervasive culture of anti-Westernism” that needed to be challenged. “There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it.” [Times Online]

Rap on, woman. What is the source of this reflexive self-hatred and distrust? I say hold your government accountable for its actions – force your government to be as transparent as possible, against its will if necessary – but always assuming the worst isn’t some form of “neutrality” or “realism”: it’s just paranoia.

And about the French: please don’t hand me that stale vichyssoise about owing them for our existence – in the latest century their conduct regarding the Islamic world, and in particular Iraq, has been the lowest form of hypocritical, self-serving posturing and situational non-ethics, and they deserve to have their asses kicked down several boulevards for it.

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  • http://www.monasette.com/blog/ Monasette

    Hmmm…was this the same Margaret Thatcher whose government were prepared to allow British businessmen go to jail for violating an embargo to sell weapons to Iraq (in a judicial investigation, a junior minister, Alan Clark, eventually blabbed that the government had secretly OKed the deal, and the businessmen were acquitted). Indeed it was.

    As for Maggie’s mistrust of the French, she might recall that when she sent a Task Force around the ocean to reclaim the Falklands, her request for US intelligence assistance was met with adistinctly cool reception (Argentina was also a US ally). On the other hand, Mittterand, the French president immediately ordered his military to assist the British in countering the threat of French-built Exocet missiles of the Argentine navy; assistance that was later acknowledged to be vital, and which probably saved quite a number of UK lives.

    I guess when the chips are down, you know who your friends are.

  • Eric Olsen

    Monasette, thanks for the information, I didn’t know any of that. But remember, we are all hypoctires on some level.

  • jadester48

    it is ironic that she neglects to mention the booming international arms trade, in which the US and the UK are highly active. We sell to almost all countries of the world – there being something like 3 or 4 countries we won’t sell any kind of military hardware to (one being Iran). Well, not legitimately and openly anyway. It may not be as bad as WMD when you compare one for one, but many machineguns/RPGs/tanks/attack helicopters can still cause much death and destruction. The sooner we larger countries are prepared to make an example the better.
    An maybe if more of us respected that some Islamists see all other cultures as a threat to their own (whereas we in the West at least appear to be of the opniion that the more the merrier) the world would be a better place. Knowledge is the solution to ignorance, and ignorance is the cause of fear and hate.

  • mike

    It’s too bad attacking Iraq has made us more, not less, susceptible to terrorism. Osama wanted us to wipe out one of the last secular dictatorships in the Arab world so he could concentrate on Saudi Arabia, Morrocco, and the other monarchies. We obliged. Meanwhile, the focus on Iraq has allowed the Islamists to regroup while generating new recruits for jihad. Told you so.

    The Saudi and Morrocco bombings prove that the war on Iraq was a mistake that is generating new terrorism. The CIA said this would happen. James Baker said this would happen. Brent Snowcroft said this would happen. George Bush the First said this would happen. All of these folks were against the war (yes, including Bush 41 in private; you can discern his opposition in his Tufts speech just before the war).

    Numerous establishment think tanks not on the War Party’s payroll also said this would happen. And, of course, the antiwar movement said this would happen. So I think it’s time for all pro-wars to admit they were wrong, call for an immediate end to the U.S. Occupation For Oil and its replacement with a UN force that will restore order. Also it’s time to start thinking about reparations for the thousands of innocent Iraqis we slaughtered to make the world safe for oil, Likkud, and Bush’s re-election.

    By the way, pace Thatcher, we no longer live in a market capitalist society. Because of the demands of the new imperialism, we now live in a state capitalist society, as Republican ecomomist Jude Wanniski has ruefully noted.

    All hail the Neoconservative State and its Liberal Lackeys!