I share your utter horror that these terrible things went on in Kampuchea."
What else would you expect her to tell her Blue Peter audience ? That murdering 2 million people was just fine ? ffs.
She might well have talked about "the more reasonable ones of the Khmer Rouge" but there was no such thing, and besides even if there was, Pol Pot who she supported, and who's henchmen she insisted took Cambodia's seat at the UN, certainly wasn't one of them.
Thatcher did what she could to get the Khmer Rouge back into power in Cambodia. And this wasn't anything like Afghanistan, an endless conflict which seemed to have no solution. The only reason the conflict with the Khmer Rouge continued was because her, Reagan, and the Chinese, were supporting them. All they had to do was to stop supporting the Khmer Rouge.
And when the US, Britain, and China did eventually stop supporting the Khmer Rouge (after Thatcher and Reagan were gone) then the Khmer Rouge's ability to wage war diminished until they finally gave up.
I don't need to exonerate her for something she didn't do
So you are now claiming that she didn't give support to Pol Pot ? That's the same Pol Pot who was a mass murder, right ? OK, I think we'll leave it at that.
Rather than you and junky sounding desperate in your attempts to discredit a woman you clearly hate?
If nothing else, I think I've made the point on this thread that I am not motivated by any personal hatred of Thatcher.
I have no problem with her being a Tory - she was brought up in a petty bourgeois environment and went on become the loving wife of a fabulously wealthy man - how else do people expect her to have turned out ?
The fact that she happened to be at the right place at the right time to further her political ambitions is an irrelevance imo. Nothing she did was the result of some strange mysterious power which she possessed.
Far from me having a problem with Thatcher for being a right-wing Tory, it's working class people like myself who supported and voted for her which I have a problem with.
She served her class well - I can't knock her for that, after all, I have exactly the same ambition.
I also think her 'personal' contribution is grossly overstated and overrated. None of economic policies were her own, she didn't even invent "Thatcherism".
Furthermore I dislike the "evil Thatcher is directly and personally responsible for everything which is wrong in society" argument because not only is it simply untrue, but it also hugely damaging and dangerous.
Today we have a Prime Minister who is going far further than Thatcher ever dared to go - she was largely correct when she famously said that the NHS was "safe in my hands", she simply had no choice. But despite the fact that the present PM is at the very least no better than Thatcher, he doesn't receive a fraction of the bile which she received.
It was no accident that David Cameron very publicly distanced himself from Thatcher at during the last election campaign, like everything else it would have been part of a carefully planned strategy. Because thanks to ill-informed herberts on the soft left and their constant vilification of Thatcher, the government policies of the Thatcher era have very successfully now been personalised.
The message from Cameron was very clear......"It's safe to vote Tory because I'm not Thatcher".
And the Tories have previously capitalised on the anti-Thatcher cult. In 1990 they believed that if despite continuing to pursue the same policies they sacked Thatcher and replaced her with someone else, they stood a good chance of winning the following general election - they were right. If instead of constantly attacking her personally the soft left herberts had had the same level of success in attacking her policies, then the outcome would have been different.
I tend not to hate people (although I'm no saint and I find the challenge offered by Tony Blair and New Labour hard to resist) but I do hate bad ideas though.
No mate, I've got better things to do with my emotions than to waste them on hating a senile old woman who was once Prime Minister. I think her support for Pol Pot was truly despicable though.