A Turning Point

by John O'Sullivan

All of this–especially the maneuvering to prevent a diplomatically disguised surrender–is in the memoirs. In retrospect the Falklands war was a turning point in postwar British history. It restored national self-confidence (hammered after Suez) at a time when the British economy was beginning its long recovery from socialism. The British would not have played the role they did in the two Gulf wars–and more generally in foreign policy–if the Falklands had not been recovered. And, like Derb, I don’t think that any other postwar Prime Minister (except, of course, Churchill) would have either seriously attempted it or combined the leadership and the diplomatic cleverness to carry it off successfully.

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