SOUTH WEST AFRICA: Unhappy Mandate

South West Africa is a big (318,000 sq. mi.), largely treeless land that once belonged to imperial Germany and now has the unhappy distinction of being the last of the League of Nations mandates. Other such territories are either free or have been placed under U.N. trusteeship; but the adjoining Union of South Africa goes blandly on ruling its old mandate as if it were a permanent province.

Only last month, having for the eighth time condemned the Union for its drastic racial policies, the U.N. General Assembly called on it to...