The Rhodesian Crisis


  • Leo Huberman
  • Paul M. Sweezy





In all the spate of press reporting and comment on the Rhodesian crisis there has been one glaring omission: an explanation of what it is really all about. Why has the white Rhodesian minority insisted on its Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) at this time? As Richard Morrock's survey of the historical background of the crisis (beginning on page 10 below) makes clear, Britain has always been the aider and abettor of white rule and exploitation in Rhodesia, and to its everlasting shame the Labor government has in no way changed this and has not even expressed any intent to change it. Moreover, the British have been willing all along to grant independence on the basis of the white supremacist Constitution of 1961 (which is what the Smith government was demanding), attaching only such mild conditions relating to the future of the African people (95 percent of the population) as to raise the suspicion that the whole conflict between London and Salisbury is a phony staged by the British merely to hoodwink the independent African countries and the non-white members of the British Commonwealth.





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