Rhodesia: Shock of Nonrecognition

Talk about unpopularity. Rhodesia proclaimed itself a republic two weeks ago, severing its last tenuous links with Britain. Yet by the end of last week not a single country had accorded diplomatic recognition to the newborn. Worse yet, one nation after another began closing its consulate in Salisbury, the capital.

Norway and Denmark were the first to pull out. A few days later, the U.S. declared that it still considered Britain the "lawful sovereign" in Rhodesia, and followed suit. Washington's undisguised snub precipitated a wholesale departure. Italy, The Netherlands, France, Belgium,...

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