South Africa Lashing Out At the West $

Botha rails as the U.S. and Britain edge closer to sanctions

"If we are forced until our backs are against the wall, we will have no alternative but to stand up in self-respect and say to the world: You won't force South Africans to commit national suicide. Leave South Africa to the South Africans." Just as South Africa's black Anglican Archbishop-elect, Desmond Tutu, had told the West to "go to hell" the week before, now it was South Africa's white President, P.W. Botha, saying virtually the same thing. The defiant stands on both sides of the embattled nation's apartheid clash focused on the same subject: sanctions. While Tutu had reacted angrily to...

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