Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

On April 8, 2013, Isaac Chotiner of the generally liberal The New Republic published an insightful obituary of Dame Margaret Thatcher, which assesses her life and legacy.  Perhaps the most interesting observation in his article is the following:
Argentina's junta...was one of the worst in the world. The embarrassment and disgrace of the Falklands loss led to the junta's fall and the eventual turn toward democracy in Argentina.
Might Argentina owe its democracy to Thatcher's victory over it in the Falklands War? As John W. Gardner once wrote, "History never looks like history when you are living through it."