Margaret Thatcher Dead At 87

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the 1980s as a time when the free world was led by trio of hard-core anti-communist Cold Warriors. Ronald Reagan, president of the United States, was probably foremost among the partners. Pope John Paul II helped provide moral force for the cause, especially because of his Polish roots. And the third was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who shook off the fact that her country was no longer an empire to stand at Reagan’s side. That, at least is how Thatcher—who died of a stroke this morning at age 87—will be remembered by Americans. Back at home, her legacy is a bit more complicated. But it would seem the 1980s are finally over.