Regular columnist Dr John Coulter with a piece on Margaret Thatcher that initially featured in the Irish Daily Star on 15 April 201.
How many innocent people could Unionists have saved if they had embraced the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement which Maggie Thatcher signed with then Taioseach Garret FitzGerald?
Instead, Unionists chose to tramp Northern streets in the cold and rain during the winter of '85 and '86 in the doomed 'Ulster Says No' campaign.
That peaked with the so-called Day of Action in March 1986, which descended into riots and political Unionism again lost control of loyalists on the streets.
When Thatcher's earthly remains are cremated in two days' time following a stately funeral packed with British pomp and pageantry, Maggie's spirit will be burning with rage at how Unionists were too thick to understand what she had achieved for them.
Already a hate figure among republicans for letting Bobby Sands and his colleagues die in the Maze, Maggie also had Unionists eating out of her hands after she survived the Provos' Brighton bomb.
Fanatically pro-Union, Maggie then delivered for Unionists the perfect chance to end the conflict when she signed the Dublin Accord at her Hillsborough bolthole.
Unionists then demonstrated their political immaturity by focusing solely on the Maryfield Secretariat established for Dublin civil servants just outside Belfast.
That Secretariat meant that Dublin, not the Shinners or the Stoops, became the main spokesman for Northern nationalists.
Unionists misinterpreted this move as the Dáil having its first formal say in the running of Northern affairs since partition in the 1920s.
Unionists should have reacted to Maryfield by setting up their own Unionist embassy in Leinster House to demand a full say in the running of the Republic.
Such a Unionist embassy, with Maggie's muscle to support it, could have put pressure on the Dáil to implement a tough cross-border security campaign against republican terrorists.
The IRA could have been forced to declare its ceasefire in 1986 instead of in 1994. Think of the hundreds of lives that could have been saved or prevented from being maimed or scarred?
Instead of backing Maggie's visionary plan, Unionists did a typical Sunningdale and rejected, condemning the North to years of undiluted bloodshed and political instability.
The 'Ulster Says No' campaign saw a mobilisation among loyalists not witnessed since the Ulster Workers' Council strike of May 1974 which collapsed Sunningdale.
However, just as Thatcher had faced down republicans over the hunger strikers' demands, so too, she was equally determined to face down loyalist demands to ditch the 1985 Agreement.
Not only did moderate Unionists mobilise by joining the mainstream Unionist parties, but Thatcher's determination to keep the Agreement saw a huge boost in membership of loyalist death squads such as the UDA and UVF.
Rather than building a peace process, unionism sparked the creation of numerous new hardline groups as loyalists frantically searched for means to topple the Agreement.
Working class Prods set up the Ulster Clubs movement, a mirror image of the Unionist Clubs network formed in the early 1900s to combat Home Rule for Ireland.
The most notorious of the groups was the red-bereted Ulster Resistance, once openly supported by former and current DUP leaders Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson.
Army agent the late Brian Nelson arranged for a huge consignment of South African weapons to be smuggled into the North for Ulster Resistance, the UVF and UDA, a move which resulted in the murders of dozens of nationalists.
The extremist Movement for Self-Determination (MSD) was also set up to campaign for an independent Ulster, with the racist National Front also arriving in the North to try and take advantage of loyalist unrest.