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What Would Margaret Thatcher Do?

The (London) Times US editor Gerard Baker hits the nail on the head with his description of the current Iranian hostage crisis as 'humiliating' (via Clive Davis). It's a word I toyed with yesterday, but was too cowardly to use. … Read More

By / March 29, 2007

The (London) Times US editor Gerard Baker hits the nail on the head with his description of the current Iranian hostage crisis as 'humiliating' (via Clive Davis). It's a word I toyed with yesterday, but was too cowardly to use.

With the 25th anniversary of the war between the UK and Argentina over the Falkland Islands approaching this weekend, Baker says there are voices calling for a more robust (military?) response from Britain. Tony Blair's critics are bemoaning the fact that Margaret Thatcher would have sorted the Iranians out quick sharp (by sending a naval task force to the Persian Gulf?).

But Baker calls the similarities between Thatcher and Blair's dilemmas "simply hooey." The right course of action, says Baker, is not necessarily clear cut or awe-inspiring:

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