The Congo: The Rebels Collapse

From the depths of the Congolese rain forest came the plaintive voice of Christophe Gbenye, President of the rebels' self-proclaimed People's Republic of the Congo."I did what I could to preserve African honor," he said in a radio message to the continent's nationalist leaders, "and you have left me alone beneath the bombardments of the Americans and Belgians. In the name of Lumumba, I utter a last appeal." But not even the invocation of the martyred leftist was likely to help. For last week the whole rebel cause was collapsing. Incredible as...

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