Jewish World Review April 11, 2013/ 1 Iyar, 5773
And there arose a prophetess in the land...
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase -- the U-turn -- I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to; the lady's not for turning."
Books will be, and already have been, devoted to the changes
She found her country sinking into the usual stagnant fen that years of socialist policies inevitably produce -- a kind of decay that is all the deeper and steadier for being confused with progress.
But the once obscure Conservative back-bencher, the member for Finchley, with her housewife's understanding of the economic realities, saw through the whole racket and, more impressive, got her countrymen to see through it.
By the time she was through counterrevolutionizing, millions of Britons once confined to government housing projects were freed to buy their flats, the labor unions that had regularly brought the country to a standstill had been checked, and a rising new middle class of investors and entrepreneurs launched. In short, the economy had been set free. And to top it all, the country got a leader who talked straight.
Nor did the lady revolutionize only economic policy, substituting the judgment of millions (it's called the free market) for that of the anointed few running things and ruining them. Mrs. Thatcher was equally adamant about the need to stand fast in a world full of threats. She was so effective at it that it becomes harder and harder to remember what that world, half free and half slave, was like. And the imminent danger of nuclear war it posed.
The nuclear arms race so permeated the news and people's consciousness back then that it became almost impossible to imagine any other kind of world. Peace? Coexistence was the best we could all hope for, or so we were told by our Fulbrights and Kissingers. Of course they didn't call it appeasement, a term discredited forever by the Thirties, that low dishonest decade, which inexorably led to the calamitous Forties. No, the preferred term was Detente, appeasement by another name.
The struggle for peace and freedom, which are not opposed goals but go together as one, is scarcely finished. It may never be, but few in Mrs. Thatcher's time could have foreseen today's freer and more peaceful world, dangerous as it still is. She did. If you seek her monument, just look around. It's a changed world, and changed for the better.
At her death this week at 87, the tributes arrived from all over. And so did the criticisms. Even in death, the old girl could still stir 'em up. And the world could use more stirring -- and more Iron Ladies like her. Or as we say in these latitudes, steel magnolias.
Agree or disagree with what
The great difference between Mrs. Thatcher, M.P., and so many of today's "leaders" is not that their worldview is different but that, unlike the Iron Lady, they don't seem to have one. They are reduced to flitting from one ad-hoc policy to another as the day's events unfold. This they call this leadership, but it's more like a series of crisis-to-crisis expedients.
The Spanish Armada made much the same the miscalculation in 1588 when another Iron Lady ruled
Nothing anyone can say at her state funeral next Wednesday at
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