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Margaret Thatcher Remembered America in the Midst of Terror

President Barack Obama is fond of challenging Americans to judge him by his actions, not his words--as if mere bravado settles the question.

Whatever his kind words about the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Obama's actions--failing to send a single representative of his administration to her funeral Wednesday--are a disgrace.

Monday's terror attack at the Boston Marathon might have been a good enough reason to stay home, though the decision was clearly made before then.

It is worth remembering that even when her own country had suffered a horrific act of terror, Thatcher did not forget Britain's most steadfast ally.

After the Provisional Irish Republican Army carried out a deadly bombing during a Conservative Party conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1984, with the aim of assassinating Thatcher, she declared that the conference would continue and delivered her address.

She defended, among other points, the continued presence of American military bases in the United Kingdom:

"No nation in history has ever shouldered a greater burden, or shouldered it more willingly nor more generously, than the United States. This party’s pro-American."

How shameful that President Obama could not summon the character to repay that debt.


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