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26 November 1965. Thought for the Week: "...Africa is the ideal Trojan Horse for the communist powers. The communist bloc hopes to erode Western self- confidence by leading it to accept defeat in Africa - the hinterland of Europe...To accept the idea that Africa is emerging while America and Europe are falling back is to embrace a paralysing myth. The choice is clear-cut: either the West predominates in Africa or there will be a triumph of naked barbarism over Western civilisation".
Anthony Harrigan in "Red Star Over Africa".
RHODESIA HALTS COMMUNIST ADVANCE
The world-wide campaign against Rhodesia must
not be permitted to obscure the truth that by their desperate but courageous
stand, Mr. Ian Smith and his colleagues have severely jolted Communism's
grand international strategy. This strategy was outlined by Mao Tse-tung's
Minister for Defence, Lin Piao, in a special issue of "Peking Reviews"
on September 3. Lin Piao first emphasised "Comrade Mao Tse-tung's theory
of the establishment of rural revolutionary base areas and the encirclement
of the cities from the countryside as being "of outstanding and universal
practical importance for the present revolutionary struggles." Lin Piao
then went on to stress that globally North America and Western Europe
were "the cities of the world", and that Asia, Africa and Latin America
were "the rural areas". He then said:
As Mr. Ian Smith has observed in replying to
Prime Minister Harold Wilson's boast about Britain's policy of "liberation",
the total result of this policy has been the establishment of tyranny
and one-party-police States. This development has paved the way for
the growing Communist invasion of Africa. A press-report this week from
Kenya contains the ominous news that "Nearly 600 Russian tourists are
expected here next week on the largest package tour ever to visit East
In the tradition of the great British leaders of the past, Prime Minister Ian Smith, loyally backed by the small European community and the overwhelming majority of the Africans, has decided that he will not abdicate his responsibilities. The Rhodesians are in the front line of the revolutionary struggle in Africa, They are holding the line on behalf of civilisation against the revolutionary strategy outlined by Mao Tse-tung's right-hand man. They can only be defeated by treachery within the Western world.
SUPPRESSION OF CANBERRA DEBATE ON RHODESIA
Sections of the Australian daily press have been doing their best to present Rhodesia's emergency censorship laws as evidence of a "fascist State". As war has been declared against Rhodesia by those who manufacture "world opinion" it is not surprising that the Rhodesian authorities are taking steps to protect themselves on the propaganda front. It is sheer hypocrisy for the Australian press to talk about censorship. Australians learned very little from their newspapers about the debate on Rhodesia at Canberra last week. A study of Hansard reveals why.
The speeches by Government Members confirm the
view expressed by League of Rights National Director, Mr. Eric Butler,
that there is no real enthusiasm in Government circles for the policy
of economic sanctions against Rhodesia. It was not surprising that following
the address by Mr. Barnes, Minister for Territories, Mr. Kim Beazley
said that he expected Mr. Barnes to resign from the Cabinet. In the
course of his address, Mr. Barnes said:
Sir Wilfrid Kent-Hughes dealt with some of the tragic results of "freedom" and "independence" in Africa. He drew attention to the fact that the Rhodesians had to contend with Communist influence and Communist-trained saboteurs. He then said something, which should be blazoned all over Australia: "Is there really any principle or logic in applying economic sanctions to Rhodesia in its crisis which I believe could and should be resolved by peaceful negotiation and cooperation when Britain and ourselves fall over each other to trade with Red China with whom we are at war? Is the British Government acting on any principle by telling British firms which continue to trade with Rhodesia that they will be guilty of treason while the British and Australian Governments sell wheat, wool, chemicals, steel and such rare materials as rutile - 5000 tons from Australia last year - to Red China which helps that nation to provide materials with which to kill Australian soldiers ordered by the Australian Government to defend South Vietnam and Malaysia, and the front lines of the free world today?"
Mr. D. J. Killen dealt with the historical and
constitutional background of Rhodesia. He dealt with some harsh realities
when he said:
Mr. Killen concluded his speech by making a
most constructive suggestion:
Another blatant example of Australian press censorship was provided by The Herald, Melbourne, on November 17, when a story about legless RAP fighter ace Group Captain Douglas Bader in the first edition was removed from all subsequent editions, Bader was reported as saying in South Africa that British sanctions on Rhodesia made him ashamed to be an Englishman. "The sooner the white man stops falling over backwards and apologising for being white the better."
Speaking at a crowded League of Rights meeting in Melbourne last Monday, Rhodesia's Australian representative, Mr. A. Cavendish Wise, told of his experiences with The Herald and its TV station, Channel 7. After he had done an interview, over £200 worth of tape had been thrown away on the instructions of The Herald management, which said that no favourable news about Rhodesia was to appear! So much for "freedom of the press."
TIDE OF SUPPORT FOR IAN SMITH
Not even press censorship and blatant fabrications
can black out the truth that there is now a mounting tide of support
for Mr. Ian Smith around the world, particularly in Britain, Australia,
New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A. Some of the press correspondents
in Salisbury are admitting reluctantly that there is no real sign of
opposition to the Smith Government. From London comes the news that
Edward Heath and the Conservative Party leaders were afraid to let the
Rhodesian issue go to a vote at the recent Annual Conference. Over a
100 Conservative members are opposing sanctions against Rhodesia. Protest
meetings against sanctions are being held. Conservative Party leaders
are taking a firmer line as pressure mounts. Mr. Harold Wilson is now
starting to hedge, warning this week that oil sanctions against Rhodesia
might not prove effective and that Britain would not "go at it alone"
on the issue. The oil threat was completely destroyed when France refused
to support it at the UN.
Mr. Smith's position strengthens hourly, and only a manufactured incident can provide any excuse for attempted force. In the meantime we can report from our own sources that the Union Jack continues to be flown everywhere in Rhodesia, "God Save The Queen" is being sung, and the Rhodesians go on regarding themselves as loyal British subjects and members of a self-governing dominion. What a magnificent example of courage and will! Mr. Ian Smith has demonstrated once again what one man of dedication can do to change the course of history from what it otherwise would have been. But he must have increased support.
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