After some initial unpleasantness between us, Americans and Britons have enjoyed a deep friendship and an unshakeable alliance. Thoughtful people in this country, therefore, join our cousins ''across the pond'' in mourning the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Known as ''The Iron Lady,'' Thatcher helped lead her nation back from the brink of ruin due to misguided socialist policies. Prime minister from 1979-90, she left Great Britain's economy stronger than when she ascended to power. Thatcher ''did not just lead our country. She saved our country,'' said Prime Minister David Cameron.
Few national leaders truly merit being described as ''great.'' Thatcher did. Her nation - and ours - are better because of her.