Remembering A Visit The Late Margaret Thatcher Made To Arkansas

Apr 9, 2013

As the world mourns the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, KUAR is looking back at a visit she made to Arkansas nearly 18 years ago.

Reporter Michael Hibblen covered the speech she gave at Harding University in Searcy in 1995 and has highlights of her remarks.

Thatcher’s visit came five years after she resigned as Prime Minister. She held that post longer than anyone else in the 20th century and was the only woman to serve as Britain’s Prime Minister.

Thatcher’s speech in Arkansas came just eight days after the Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people and injured nearly 700. She shared her perspective, having been in office during several terrorist attacks in her country.

"What appalls me is that anyone should have put a bomb at a time when they knew a lot of people would be there.  That is the worst aspect of it and I think you're really dealing with evil," she said.

Thatcher also reflected on her experiences with President Ronald Reagan and their effects fighting communism.

Margaret Thatcher died Monday at the age of 87.