The World: A Massive Rejection

"Our analysis will be entirely impartial," said Lord Pearce, the retired British jurist, when the 20-member Pearce Commission ended its eight-week fact-finding mission in Rhodesia in March. The commission's task was to determine whether or not Rhodesians favored an agreement worked out by Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home to end the seven-year-old dispute over independence. The agreement called for British recognition of Smith's white-supremacist government and a snail's-pace apportionment of political power to Rhodesia's 5,000,000 blacks.

Two weeks ago, the Pearce Commission turned its completed report over to Douglas-Home. Though it will not be...

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