The Congo: Tshombe's Twilight

The Katanga struggle seemed over at last. It had been a 2½-year siege that brought the U.N. close to bankruptcy, set the U.S. at odds with its principal European allies and threatened to immerse Central Africa in blood. Now, Katanga's Rebel Moise Tshombe sat wanly behind a desk in a stucco cottage in the copper town of Kolwezi and declared, "I am ready to proclaim immediately before the world that Katanga's secession is ended."

The words of the mercurial Moise had a familiar ring, and there were skeptics who suggested the pledge was...

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