The Power and Legacy of an Uncompromising View

Sandro Paternostro

And if you ask me about the hostages, among whom there are also my compatriots, I tell you that, on a human level, it is a big problem.

Relatives turn to the rulers and do not believe, at times, they are assisted enough. I reply that we must be tough, no matter what it costs.

Every time we deal with terrorists, the hostages do not decrease but, sooner or later, increase. We must not pay ransoms: neither in money nor in weapons”.

Margaret Thatcher told this to Sandro Paternostro during an interview. The speech is part of a larger body of work by the famous journalist who has reported extensively on the United Kingdom during the Iron Lady era.

The timing of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom coincided with a particularly tumultuous period in Lebanon’s history. Bashir Gemayel, a prominent Lebanese politician and militia commander, was assassinated in September 1982. His brother, Amin Gemayel, took over the presidency shortly after.

Thatcher’s interview with Sandro Paternostro, during which she discussed the situation in Lebanon, would have taken place in this complex and volatile context. Thatcher’s comments on the situation in Lebanon, as reported in the interview, reflect her understanding of the intricate dynamics at play in the region and her stance on international relations and foreign policy.

Recently, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has also expressed a strong stance on the issue of hostages. He has referred to the return of hostages as a “sacred and supreme mission” and emphasized that “pressure is key. The greater the pressure the greater the chances“. (Sergio Scialabba)


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