The World: POISED BETWEEN PEACE AND WAR

Slipping silently through woods and rolling farm lands about to explode with the new growth of the African spring, black guerrillas eluded the hard-pressed patrols along Rhodesia's frontier with Mozambique and posted crude signs on the fences of white farmers. The signs said simply: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.

A hundred miles to the west in Salisbury, Rhodesia's pleasant, tree-lined capital, a "troopie" wearing the black beret of Prime Minister Ian Smith's security forces looked up from his post on downtown Jameson Avenue as the season's first...