Rhodesia: The Desperate Mission

Blustering, threatening and reasoning, probing for weak spots and grasping at straws, the Prime Ministers of Great Britain and Rhodesia played out their desperate bluffing game last week. At the end of the game, surely not far away, would come Rhodesian independence. The immediate question was how.

Without much doubt, Rhodesia's Ian Smith would end up seizing it, for his white supremacy regime was no more able to accept Britain's conditions for independence than was Harold Wilson able to compromise them. The terms are the minimum Wilson feels necessary not only on...

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