Rhodesia: Christmas Postponed

"There will be no African rule in my lifetime," said Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith. "The white man is the master of Rhodesia, has built it and in tends to keep it." In the huge African colony staked out by Cecil Rhodes, many white men agree with Smith —and with Rhodes's 19th century goal of "a whole plan of British advance in South and Central Africa." But times have changed — and so has Britain.

Backed by all the 19 Commonwealth governments, Whitehall has repeatedly refused to grant the self-governing col ony full independence until its 224,000 whites agree to...

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