Rhodesia’s Plea to America & the West in her Fight against Communism Sweeping Africa
Rhodesia’s Plea’s for Recognition from the West
A message to America
Rhodesia’s stand against the spread of Communism sweeping down Africa cries out for recognition from the Western world. That was the purport of the message to the American people from Mr. Ian Smith, read at a meeting of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on February 15.
As an earnest of our understanding of a belief in what America is doing in a similar cause in Vietnam, the Prime Minister offered President Johnson “tangible help” there in his struggle.
“What we ask for in return,” said Mr. Smith, “is a similar sympathy and understanding from the people of the United States in the justice of our case.”
He pointed out that Australia and New Zealand were giving their substance and lives to repel Communism in South-West Asia, and therefore the world. Yet the British government, with its vast financial interests in Africa have in a few years capitulated completely to the clandestine advance of Chinese and Russian Communism.
Britain’s duplicity elsewhere was shown by her trading with Cuba and North Vietnam. Rhodesia refused to see Western civilization and all it stands for sacrificed on the altar of trade expediency.
In broadening his appeal for the recognition of Rhodesia’s role, Mr. Smith said: “Astonishingly, the philosophy of the West seems to be that if violence and mayhem are visited on black Africans by black Africans, that is as it should be. But if a white African presumes to protect his heritage against the black instruments of Communism then nothing suffices but his complete extinction.”