On Thatcher: "You Snatched My Milk and Our Hope"

Abby Zimet

A mealy-mouthed Obama called her "one of the great champions of freedom." Many others in her own country, more direct and historically accurate, marked Margaret Thatcher's death by partying in the streets, handing out "Maggie death cakes" while chanting "Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead," gleefully updating a longstanding "Is Thatcher Dead Yet?" website, and calling the woman who labelled Nelson Mandela "a terrorist," supported Pinochet and waged war against the working class "one of the vilest abominations of social and economic history" and "a terror without an atom of humanity" whose policies continue to inflict suffering on too many. To an American, the level of animosity her death has sparked is breathtaking; imagine Bush and Cheney dying on the same day. More from Glenn Greenwald on "misapplied death etiquette," and the dangers of the false history it breeds, and a British columnist on why Thatcher deserves all the rage sent her way.

"I wanted to find an appropriate way to honor Margaret Thatcher today so took milk away from poor children whilst calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist." - Current TV host John Fugelsang


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