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Thatcher still divides world opinion
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Combative and determined to get her way, Margaret Thatcher divided opinion down the middle in life — and in death. Many leaders lauded Thatcher for her steely determination to modernize Britain's industrial landscape, even at the cost of strikes and riots, and to stand beside the United States as the west triumphed in the Cold War versus the Soviet Union. Others saw a pitiless tyrant who preferred conflict to compromise.