The World: THE MAN WHO CRIED UNCLE

"We never have had a policy in Rhodesia to hand over our country to any black majority and, as far as I am concerned, we never will."

— Ian Smith, March 1976

Ian Douglas Smith, 57, does not easily change his mind. The eleven-year history of renegade white rule in Rhodesia stands as testament to his stubbornness. It was the jut-jawed Smith who, in 1965, led the self-governing British colony into making a unilateral declaration of independence in order to block London's intention of bringing about black majority rule. In the years that followed, Smith led...