It was bad enough watching Sally Field have a senior moment and lose her train of thought (video link) midway through her speech accepting an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series (“Brothers and Sisters”), but when she finally remembered what she wanted to say – “And, let’s face it, if the mothers ruled the war, there would be no (bleeped expletive) wars in the first place” – The Stiletto couldn’t have been alone in wondering whether she has Alzheimer’s.

In the 60-year old actress’ own lifetime there have been three female heads of state – all mothers – who did not hesitate to wage war to defend, or advance the interests of, their respective nations:

† Golda Meir, a founder of the state of Israel and its Prime Minister from 1969 to 1974, was the mother of two children, Sarah and Menachem. The original “Iron Lady,” Meir was at the helm during the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and a coalition of Arab countries led by Egypt and Syria determined to take back the Sinai and Golan Heights, which had been captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel prevailed, and the war paved the way to the Camp David Accords, which led to normalized relations between Egypt and Israel.

† Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms (1966 to 1977) and for a fourth term from 1980 until she was assassinated in 1984, Indira Gandhi was the mother of two sons, Sanjay and Rajiv. In the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Gandhi backed East Pakistan against West Pakistan, which led to the creation of Bangladesh. Three years later, India developed a nuclear arsenal to counter the threat from Communist China. During Gandhi’s watch, India became the dominant power in the region.

† The sobriquet “Iron Lady” was reprised for Margaret Thatcher, who served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and is mother to twins Mark and Carol. In 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, Thatcher dispatched the navy and recaptured the British territory in a decisive victory.

Forget osteoporosis. Field’s agent should immediately phone the Aricept people to set up an audition.

Note: The Stiletto writes about politics and other stuff at The Stiletto Blog.

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