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December 20, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Thatcher was a true friend to US

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I met Margaret Thatcher 10 years ago at a small, private party at the Royal Air Force Club in London. She was very intense but warm, and our discussion turned to the United States. I told her that I had a very good friend who had been in the Eagle Squadron, the Yanks who flew with the RAF in 1940. She reminded me that she had unveiled the monument to the Eagles in Grosvenor Square just opposite the life-size statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

My friend was at El Alemein in the desert battle with German Gen. Erwin Rommel’s formidable army — “the end of the beginning” in Winston Churchill’s memorable speech. “A great victory,” she said and was glad that an American had taken part.

When I left London in 1972 to immigrate to America, it was sheer chaos there. Electricity brownouts would occur at any hour and garbage was piled 10 feet high on all the curbs in London because the unions were on strike.

She tamed the unions, defeated “the tin pot dictators” of Argentina and helped President Ronald Reagan put an end to Soviet oppression. She put the great in Great Britain again. America had no truer friend than Lady Thatcher.

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  1. Maggie Thatcher saved England. She was a world leader that countries and leaders looked up to and followed. When there is leadership at the top, it filters down. The leaders at the bottom are buoyed and rise up. Where have you gone Margaret Thatcher...the world turns it lonely eyes to you.

    Carmine D

  2. The venom being spewed by the left tells us more about them than it does about Margaret Thatcher. To the lefties, anyone who champions individual freedom is the enemy. Unlike the left, Thatcher was a true friend of the individuals right to make his/her own decisions, not some pencil-pushing power hungry bureaucrat.

  3. Great Britain made slavery illegal in 1826, everywhere in it's Nation and Colonies with just a vote of Parliament. That is the definition of a civilized nation. In another nation, where all men were created equal and women did the laundry, it took a devastating Civil War 35 years later.

    Margaret Thatcher always upheld the highest ideals of her Nation, but found it impossible to satisfy every interpretation of those actions.

  4. Next appointment with the devil- dead eye dick

  5. The wicked witch is dead