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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said she would make the decision again to sink the Argentine warship Belgrano, as she did in the 1982 Falklands war. The sinking killed 368 seamen. Asked by television interviewer David Frost about reports that the ship was sailing for home when torpedoed, she said: “Just because a ship changes direction doesn’t mean it is sailing away from the field of battle. That ship was a danger to our boys.” Asked whether her government hadn’t tried to “stonewall” the details, she replied: “Do you think, Mr. Frost, that I spend my days prowling round the pigeonholes of the Ministry of Defense to look at the chart of each and every ship? If you do, you must be bonkers.”


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