The Soviets in Africa: Fiction and Fact
Southern Africa Perspectives
by Susan Rogers, Kenneth Vickery, The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
The Africa Fund
The pamphlet says the specter of a "Soviet Menace" in Africa has been raised by the U.S. Government and press in reaction to recent developments in Angola, where over 400 years of Portuguese rule officially ended on November 11, 1975. As the Portuguese withdrew, a bloody civil war was fought between three rival African nationalist movements - MPLA, FNLA, and UNITA. The Ford Administration has cast events in Angola in a framework of communist vs. anti-communist and more particularly, pro-Soviet vs. pro-western forces. Charges and warnings by Secretary of State Kissinger that an MPLA victory in Angola would lead to a Soviet-controlled government - threatening the freedom of Angola’s peoples, the stability and peace of the African continent, and western security - were central to the case for U.S. covert and/or overt intervention on behalf of FNLA and UNITA. [Note: Susan Rogers later was known as Susan Geiger.]
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Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Africa Action Archive