I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen. What we want is a way out of it - we want it peacefully and we want it as soon as possible.
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett on Britain's response to Iran's kidnapping of fifteen Royal Navy sailors and marines.
Our diplomacy is backed by strength, and we have the resolve to use that strength if necessary.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Britain's response to Argentina's 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands.
Guess which one will be the Jimmy Carter of the 21st century.