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3 December 1965. Thought for the Week: "Morality is as basic as the truth that two plus two are four: that gravitation draws the falling stone and supports the standing man: that the seed grows towards the sun. Morality is a decaloque written in stone and star: it is not a conformity to illusion but a confirmation by reality."
Professor E. Merrill Root, American Poet.
MR. IAN SMITH? THE CROWN? AND SIR HUMPHREY GIBBS
The following statement by the Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, on November 15, which was either ignored or selectively quoted by the world's press, provides a very different picture of the role of Her Majesty the Queen and Sir Humphrey Gibbs in the Rhodesian crisis than that which has been presented to the creators of "world opinion":
"On Thursday, November 11, at about 11 o'clock
I visited Sir Humphrey Gibbs and informed him of the significance of
my broadcast to the nation which was to take place at 1.15 p.m. that
day. He had been expecting this and once more reiterated what he had
told me on a number of previous occasions. He said, in fact, he believed
my decision wrong in that if we were not able to negotiate our independence
with the British Government. He felt we should maintain the status quo.
However, he acknowledged that it was not possible to convince me of
his way of thinking and added that although he was opposed to my decision
once a UDI was a fait accompli all good Rhodesians should stand
together in the interest of Rhodesia."
"On Friday morning I once more paid Sir
Humphrey a visit taking Mr. Dupont and Mr. Lardner-Burke with me. I
found that he had changed his stand and had obviously received instructions
from London. I then pointed out to him that even his constitutional
position was quite untenable and I suggested that he should ask Her
Majesty to relieve him of his position. This he was not prepared to
It is further significant that the message purporting to dismiss my Ministers and me was not, in fact, signed by the Queen but the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations. It must be very clear that Sir Humphrey Gibbs is representing not the Queen but the British Prime Minister, thus aiding and abetting him in his obvious endeavour to create a division among the people of Rhodesia," (Our emphasis)
Mr. Ian Smith's gentlemanly consideration for
Sir Humphrey Gibbs was made clear in a statement published in "The
Rhodesian Herald" of "On Target" 3rd December, 1965. Page 2 November
18, when he said that he had given instructions that Sir Humphrey should
continue at Government House. It was not the Government's intention
to interfere in any way with Sir Humphrey's private life.
THE IGNORANCE OF SENATOR J WILLIAM FULBRIGHTUpon his arrival in Australia last week, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations, Senator J. William Fulbright made the astonishing statement that he was "not aware of Australia's commitment to Vietnam". He said that he had no views on Australia's role in Vietnam, and then asked reporters, "How many troops do you have there?" Senator Fulbright is often quoted as a great oracle on international affairs. He is invariably on the wrong side. His ignorance concerning Australia's assistance to the U.S.A. in South Vietnam suggests that he could easily be exploited by subversives.
TRADE PRACTICES & THE GROWTH OF SOCIALISM
We commented in "On Target" June 11, 1965 that the Trade Practices Legislation is no more than a further step towards the Monopoly Socialist state. Judging by the debate in the House of Representatives this week there are still some Liberals who can see this. The aim of Socialism is simply stated as increasing government control leading to complete control.
The following comment on the growth of Government
by the Chicago Tribune last week is applicable to Australia as
well as America.
THE CONGO AND RHODESIA
The bloodless coup of General Mabutu seems to have halted the acquiescence of Congo President Kasavubu in the re-instatement of the newly routed Communist elements. Kasavubu, long noted as a weak egotistical politician who likes to be on the winning side, has obviously been led by the success of Communism's international plans to regard it as the winning side. He supported the Premiership of Mr. Evariste Kimba after parliament had rejected him and declared himself President in place of Mr. Moise Tshombe. General Mobutu has record of opposition to Communist trained terrorists operating in the Congo under leadership of such men as Gizenga and the late Lumumba. Gizenga will be remembered for his leadership in the recent barbaric horrors, which necessitated air lifts for the few surviving hostages in this prematurely "liberated" Belgian Colony.
On Sept. 14th 1960 when the degenerate dope addict Lumumba and Kasavubu had both dismissed each other and a state of complete anarchy reigned, Mobutu, then a Colonel threw his army behind Kasavubu and restored order. He then directed that all Russian and Czechoslovakian "diplomats" and "technicians" pack up and leave the Congo. Lumumba fled to Guinea and sought protection from the UN.
Later intervention by the UN in Katanga, which was the most orderly province under direction of the immensely popular patriot Moise Tshombe, resulted in Tshombe being expelled by them from the country. Under UN "protection" the whole country disintegrated with the Communists again gaining the upper hand. The army under Mobutu and most of the stable civil community remained loyal to Tshombe and on his return the day after the UN forces left, assisted him in restoring peace to the ravaged Congo.
Led by the handful of white volunteers under Lieut.Col. Michael Hoare they drove Czechoslovakian trained Communist Gizennga and his forces from the country. Fearing that dismissal of Mike Hoare and Tshombe, and the support of Mr. Kimba who was seeking reconciliation with the Communists would lead to a return to the Congo blood bath, Mobutu has again intervened on the side of law and order. He has named Colonel Mulumba, a man noted for his honesty and courage, to form a government with representatives from the 21 provinces. The coup would have implications with the current Rhodesian situation.
It is important to remember that the volunteers who did much to clear the Congo of the band of Communist revolutionaries were formed and trained in Rhodesia by British officers who were sick of the west doing nothing to effectively fight the Congo's Reds. The stable Congolese elements have every reason to be grateful for Rhodesian help. We pray they will reciprocate, if necessary.
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