Comrade Robert Mugabe, the former terrorist who came to power in the little African nation once known as Rhodesia as a result of the misguided activities of Malcolm Fraser and other Commonwealth leaders, continues to run true to form. His first step towards a one party State was to invite the Stalinist North Korean Communists to train the notorious Fifth Brigade, which brutally butchered the Matabele in Western Zimbabwe. Fellow terrorist, Joshua Nkomo, was forced to flee the country for a period. His support comes from the Matabele, an offshoot of the Zulus. Nkomo felt that his wife and family would be safer living in British Columbia, Canada. They felt much safer in Rhodesia when Ian Smith was Prime Minister.
Now comes the news that Mugabe has entered into an expensive deal with the Soviet Union to provide him with the Soviet’s latest MIG fighters. This means spending millions of limited foreign reserves. But as Zimbabwe continues to be heavily subsidised by the West, Mugabe no doubt hopes that the West will continue to help sustain him. As there are no Zimbabwe pilots capable of flying the Soviet MIG fighters, this raises the question of whether Soviet or other pilots will have to be provided.
A new and most ominous development is taking place in Southern Africa. This comes at a time when Mugabe makes the final step towards the establishment of the one party state. The recent suspension of former Prime Minister Ian Smith from the Parliament for 12 months marks the beginning of the end for European representation in the Zimbabwe Parliament. Mr. Smith was suspended because he dared to criticise the policy of sanctions against South Africa. Mr. Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe have not spoken since 1981, when Ian Smith publicly criticised Mugabe for his advocacy of a one party state. Ian Smith has voiced his opposition to sanctions because he realises it will badly damage his own country. Smith has said that he believes that beneath the rhetoric, the Government shares his views and will not dare to impose sanctions against South Africa, through which 90 percent of Zimbabwe’s trade passes.
Back in 1964, when he became Prime Minister of Rhodesia, Ian Smith said, “I cannot see in my lifetime that the Africans will be sufficiently mature and reasonable to take over.” He is quoted in a recent press interview as saying that his predictions had come true. “Black majority rule has proved a disaster.” He says it has been a disaster in every part of Africa with the great majority of Africans the main sufferers. Ian Smith says that for Zimbabwe to impose sanctions against South Africa would be an act of “suicide”. The Soviet strategists are not worried about what happens in Zimbabwe so long as they can exploit it to their own advantage. They look forward to the elimination of the last remaining European influence in the Zimbabwe Parliament.
The Lancashire House agreement in 1979 guaranteed 20 European seats in the Zimbabwe Parliament until this year. Obviously Ian Smith will never return to sit in the Zimbabwe Parliament. An era has come to an end. Ian Smith was defeated primarily because he failed, until too late, to recognise the nature of the threat against Rhodesia. It was a combination of factors, including that of International Finance, which destroyed Rhodesia as an encumbrance to the advance of the New World Order. If South Africa is to survive, it must study and digest the lessons of the Rhodesian tragedy.
3 August 1979:
“It is a well known historical fact that when at Rome this (middle class) of the population had been decimated and proletarianised by a succession of wars, the Republic broke down. It is a no less safe generalisation that its shipwreck is the proximate cause of modern despotisms. Tyrannies make their appearance in step with the inflation which destroyed the independence and security of middle class liberalism.”
- - Bertrand De Jouvenel in “Power”
Also read: The Elite : The Story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service by Barbara Cole