Given that the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher was an act of war (deadly force used from Libyan sovereign territory against a uniformed servant of the Crown, resulting in death), shouldn't we have declared war? Or rather, wouldn't most of us on this site have declared war, collected our SLR's from the armoury and thought about the consequences later? A sensible response might have been to surround the Libyan embassy with AVRE's and demolish it, with the offending individuals inside. But then what? What could we have actually done against Libya, militarily? Given the (presumably) large numbers of Brits working in Libya at the time, maybe our options would have been limited to hostage rescue. We probably wouldn't have wanted to invade. Could we have won an air war using our Tornados and Sea Harriers? How much help do you think we would have got from our 'allies' (I think we all know how much use the Belgians would have been, but would the French have allowed overflights, for instance). I just look at the situation, see how restrained Mrs. Thatcher was, and wonder why.