Rhodesia: Bust or Black?

Many a Rhodesian went to the polls last week to the tune of a grim little ditty called "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow U.D.I."

U.D.I. stands for "Unilateral Declaration of Independence," a doctrine that Prime Minister Ian Smith threatens to invoke unless Britain grants freedom to his white-supremacist nation, which remains tied to London through a colonial constitution. To prepare for U.D.I., Smith dissolved his Parliament six weeks ago, called on Rhodesia's white voters to give him an overwhelming mandate in the new Assembly, and started propaganda machines pounding home the "real issue" of the election: white in...

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