Rhodesia: Queen's Pawns

It was another cat-and-mouse week.

In his determination to chase Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith back into his hole, Britain's Harold Wilson came up with another assortment of sanctions.

First he prohibited the import of Rhodesian chrome. Then came a ban on cash-and-carry trade, which supplemented an earlier crackdown on credit deals. Finally, having presumably run out of trade barriers, Wilson decided to test his thesis that most of the Rhodesian civil service is loyal to the Crown, and will prove it if given the chance.

At his behest, Queen Elizabeth suddenly commuted the death sentence of two Rhodesian blacks convicted of...