Beyond the Debate, South African Realities

The journey from the present to the inevitable is likely to be long and bloody

While Western governments grapple with the conundrum of sanctions, white South Africans are grimly pursuing their own debate about the future, fully confident that their decisions will be the determining ones. As they see it, the West has become irrational about sanctions and there is little point any longer in trying to bring reason to bear. The issue, says Tertius Myburgh, editor of the Johannesburg Sunday Times, has become "cost-free election politics" in the U.S. and "Margaret Thatcher's problem, not ours" in Britain. Although it generates political heat in Washington and London, the argument is, for white South Africans, no more...

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