Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Britain loses the Falklands

A frightening "What If" scenario by Andrew Roberts:

Demoralised by the proof that she was no longer a frontrank
power, Britain sunk into a mood of resigned malaise and apathy, exacerbated by a
series of political misjudgments in Westminster.

When Arthur Scargill's National Union of Mineworkers
struck for a 25 per cent wage increase in late 1984, the Foot government
immediately surrendered. More strikes followed.

And when terrorists took over the Iranian embassy in
Prince's Gate, London, Foot also gave in to their demands and allowed them to
leave the country unharmed, thus prompting a new wave of hostage-taking.
Similarly, when 11 IRA terrorists went on hunger strike in the Maze Prison
near Belfast, the British Government acceded to their demands. Sensing the
post-Falklands demoralisation at the heart of British Government and society,
the IRA stepped up its bombing campaign, and finally wrung from Ulster Secretary
John Smith an agreement that allowed Dublin to decide the province's domestic

What's even more disturbing, is without Thatcher and no firm ally in Europe to stand up to the Soviets, the Reagan Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall might never happened. Would you and I be viewing the Internet today or under the iron grip of communist domination?