The death of Margaret Thatcher yesterday marks the passing of a generation of leaders who literally remade their world. The former British prime minister was universally known as the “Iron Lady” for her steadfast commitment to anti-communist and free-market principles.
At the height of the Cold War, Lady Thatcher worked closely with Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan not to contain but to roll-back Soviet communism and to undermine the USSR. Together they helped set free many millions of people without firing a shot.
Margaret Thatcher understood and practiced the philosophy Mr. Reagan called “peace through strength.” In particular, she supported his visionary efforts to restore America’s nuclear deterrent and build missile defenses. In a world becoming more dangerous by the day, such leadership is needed more than ever.