RHODESIA: Two Sides of a Stalemate

Prime Minister Ian Smith proceeded last week with his grand plan for solving the Rhodesian crisis—on his own terms. First, he aims to win the country's Aug. 31 elections in order to head off a threat to his government from a new, right-wing splinter group (TIME, Aug. 1). Then, with his mandate reinforced, he hopes to create a moderate, multiracial government in Rhodesia that would include both whites and some conservative black nationalists—but not leaders of the radical Patriotic Front with its guerrilla army.

Smith no longer feels committed to achieving black majority...

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