South Africa: Blackmail

Picking on a neighbor

Food had become scarce, medical supplies were running out, and gasoline was being rationed. When heavily armed troops last week encircled government buildings in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, the country appeared to be tottering on the brink of a coup.

Those tremors proved false. Instead, it seemed that panicked government officials in the tiny, black-ruled, landlocked nation had called out the troops to protect themselves from a feared invasion. The country's stability, officials said, had been badly shaken by the tactics of South Africa, which completely surrounds Lesotho. Less than two miles away, at the Caledon River Bridge, which stands...

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