[Dear Friends, A new year and a new Congress will probably find Senate and House conservatives up to their old tricks of trying to lift sanctions against Rhodesia.]

by Edgar Lockwood, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
January 17, 1979
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says that, in the new Congress, Senate and House conservatives probably will try again to lift sanctions against Rhodesia. New members of Congress will play a key role and will be the target for Rhodesian and right-wing propaganda with a simplistic version of the war couched in cold war rhetoric, which paints the Patriotic Front as Communist, terrorist and a pawn of the Soviet Union, while the internal settlement will be lauded as multi-racial, democratic and pro-West. Therefore, it is vital people reach these members of Congress with another set of facts and perceptions. The mailing says lifting sanctions could lead to U.S. military assistance and ultimately the deployment of U.S. military forces to "save" Rhodesia from the Patriotic Front. The mailing includes a quotation from the Rhodesia Information Office. The mailing says U.S. violation of sanctions would mean taking sides against genuine majority rule and would represent open support for the white minority regime. Re-opening trade with Rhodesia would prolong the war, bring even greater suffering to the rural population, a hardening of racial attitudes, and a further disruption of the economy, all of which would place a tremendous burden on a future independent government. The mailing says lifting Rhodesian sanctions would reassure South Africa that it has nothing to fear from the United States and would alienate independent African nations. The mailing asks people to help block the move to lift sanctions by communicating with their Senator and Representative.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root