RHODESIA: Can Anyone Bring Back the Brits?

It was a glorious, gala night for Rhodesia's whites. Champagne flowed, ladies wore elegant gowns, their men were in tuxedos and regimental kilts. At midnight, after guests saluted him with For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, Prime Minister Ian Smith rang Rhodesia's silver Independence Bell an even dozen times, greeting the start of the twelfth year since his regime unilaterally broke away from Britain. The festivities may mark the last time that whites in Rhodesia can celebrate that particular act of independence. But the mood at the ball was stubbornly defiant. In...

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