The Commonwealth: Something Burning


It was the 300th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and the city rocked last week to the thump of gun salutes and fireworks bursting over the Thames. In the great conference room of Marlborough House, however, it was not only the city of London that appeared to be burning but the entire Commonwealth of Nations.

The occasion was the 16th Commonwealth Prime Ministers' conference, and the primary issue was Rhodesia. Last January, Britain's Harold Wilson had talked the Commonwealth's nine African nations into going along with his policy of economic sanctions as the best way to topple...

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