Missing Maggie

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.

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