ZAIRE: Post-Mortem on an Invasion

The West ponders the Soviet-Cuban role鼂ǥand wonders what next in Shaba


AImost since the day of its traumatic birth 18 .years ago, people have been predicting that Zaïre—the former Belgian Congo—would eventually go up in flames. Despite corruption, misrule and tribal enmities, the country has somehow survived, but seldom has its future looked as grim as it did last week. True, the latest invasion of Zaïre's Shaba region by Katangese rebels based in neighboring Angola had been repulsed. But the damage, political and psychological as well as material, would take a long time to repair. As they sifted through the wreckage, French Legionnaires found...

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