Rhodesia: Last, Last Chance

Britain's Harold Wilson once called breakaway Rhodesia "my Viet Nam"—and with good reason. Since Rhodesia declared its independence in 1965, Wilson's war of economic sanctions has cost Britain an estimated $500 million in lost trade with Rhodesia. The failure of the sanctions has diminished Wilson's stature at home and Britain's standing with its Commonwealth allies. With South Africa's aid, Rhodesia has weathered the sanctions and could for all practical purposes simply declare itself a republic. It is already preparing a new green and white flag and a new constitution that would guarantee white supremacy forever.

Last week Wilson and Rhodesian Prime...

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