April 3, 2012

Falklands Win Left Britain Addicted to War

Max Hastings, Daily Mail

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A month after the Argentine surrender, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made a triumphal speech to a rally of the Tory faithful at Cheltenham, in which she proclaimed her belief that victory in the South Atlantic showed: 'Britain is no longer a nation in retreat.'


Has this proved to be true? Or have we been obliged to recognise that euphoric moment, the revival of pride in our warrior heritage, as a brief flash of glory before we found ourselves once more back on our familiar path of national decline? How does Britain's 1982 saga appear, from the perspective of the second decade of the 21st century?

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