Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urged the West
to fight the "twin-headed monster" of terrorism and weapons of mass
destruction, Monday night at a gathering of The Heritage
Foundation's President's Club.
Lady Thatcher received Heritage's Clare Boothe Luce Award in
honor of her pursuit of political freedom and for exemplifying
Vice President Dick Cheney joined Heritage Foundation President
Edwin Feulner to present the award to Thatcher.
She said only the U.S. could overcome the global threats -- from
"psychopaths" like Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein -- and that
Britain's role was as American's staunchest ally.
Thatcher, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, said despite
the elusive evil of terrorism, the war against it can be won.
"The success in Afghanistan demonstrated that the doubters were
wrong: the War Against Terror can be won. But we still confront
today a twin-headed monster of terrorism and of proliferating
weapons of mass destruction. And both those heads must be removed,
if the beast itself is to be destroyed.
Evil, it is true, has always been with us. But evil was never so
technically sophisticated, never so elusive, never so devoid of
scruple, and never so anxious to inflict civilian casualties. The
West must prevail..."
The President's Club event was held at the Ronald Reagan
International Trade Center, with more than 800 supporters in
attendance. Heritage established the Clare Boothe Luce Award in
1991. Luce was a Heritage trustee, congresswoman, ambassador,
playwright, presidential adviser and editor.
"I am enormously honoured to receive this award, Lady Thatcher
said. "It bears the name of one of the most remarkable Americans of
her day; and it has previously been given to other great Americans.
It is inspiring to be in such company - and wonderful, as always at
Heritage, to be among true friends."