Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Yahoo News: Rhodesian ex-PM Ian Smith dies

Yahoo News: Rhodesian ex-PM Ian Smith dies

Ian Smith, the former prime minister of Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) died yesterday. The Zimbawean government has announced that he will be neither mourned nor missed.

Ian Smith may have been derided by the world as a racist, but I believe he was a good man.

Rhodesia was one of the last of the British colonies. At the time, the British government had a policy of granting Independence and majority Black rule to her African colonies. However, the electorates in those countries were not ready for democracy and fell one by one to Communists who relied on intimidation and manipulation.

Ian Smith did not want this to be the fate of Rhodesia and was determined to preserve the minority white government until the country was ready for majority rule. Thus, he declared a unilateral decleration of independence from Britain.

Tragically, his actions were condemned by the international community and pressure was applied to topple the Smith regime. Smith also had to wage war against the Communist guerrillas who are now running the country under Mugabe.

I think the vindictive opposition of Britain to Ian Smith is one of the saddest chapters in our history.

What followed with the setting up of Mugabe's brutal regime shows the folly of Britain's opposition to Smith's government.


Palm boy said...

That is some back story I did not know about. Thank you.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I am glad you found that interesting.

IndweltDaughter said...

It is very interesting, I'm glad you posted it. It reminds me of what happened in El Salvador in the 70's and 80's, even though it was kind of the opposite situation. (The US supporting the military dictatorship, instead of the "guerillas" fighting for independance.) My dad is from El Salvador, and was almost killed during El Salvador's civil war. Only by the grace of God was my dad able to come back to the United States, as he had been an exchange student here in high school. He was almost sent back to El Salvador in the late 80's, but again God was faithful and my dad was able to stay, and when I was 3 he became a citizen.

It just saddens me the way countries like the US, and the United Kingdom, view "3rd World" countries, and think that they can determine exactly what is best for them, and then in trying to change things for the better, they end up making things worse.

It's a good lesson though, reminds me of how only God knows what is best for anyone, and all He asks is for us to trust Him. To place everything, including people we love, in His hands.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks so much for visiting and for sharing your thoughts.