Who Rules Rhodesia?
THE SECOND LOOK____analyzing world issues of interest to students
by John C. Heinrich, Commission on World Mission National Student Christian Federation
New York, New York, United States
Commission on World Mission National Student Christian Federation
The mailing says to understand the importance given the Rhodesian issue it has to be placed in the wider perspective of southern Africa and Africa as a whole; that Great Britain, if she is to maintain her prestige and influence in Africa and the world, cannot afford to back down in the face of a handful of people; and the United States, while on the surface leaving the tactics to Great Britain, has a great deal at stake also. The mailing says Portuguese policy is determined by the tension between the desire to help Smith and the fear that if she is seen to do so the United Nations and the hostile African states will have an excuse for interfering in Angola and Mozambique. The mailing says American imports from that country totaled about $11 million last year, with chrome and asbestos accounting for more than half; and exports to Rhodesia amounted to approximately $24 million, about half of which consisted of agricultural and road machinery. The mailing says in the first really successful flexing of its muscles, the Organization African Unity (OAU) got nine African nations to break relations with Great Britain. The mailing says there appears to be a chance that economic sanctions will either bring the Smith regime down or force further negotiations with Great Britain; and that if they don't, the alternatives would be a British or U.N. military intervention or a long period of sabotage and ultimately armed guerilla warfare by Africans on the pattern of Angola and Mozambique. The mailing says further information on Rhodesia and southern Africa is available through the National Student Christian Federation Committee on Southern Africa.
Used by permission of William Minter and David Wiley, former members of Southern Africa Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root