Why Ian Smith Must Be Cast As The Villain

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  1. Graham B. Tredray says:

    I lived in Rhodesia in the time of Mr.Ian Smith, first and foremost he was a gentleman. he looked after the blacks as well as the whites. The British Labor blackguard Harold Wilson led to the demise of Rhodesia and Mr. Ian Smith. May Wilson and his Labor party rot in hell, ironically the British electorate just found out how low they can be.

  2. Ghost says:

    People ALWAYS misquote Ian Smith. This quote has appeared in 1000s of news programs and newspapers since the 1970s.
    It has always been cut to mean something compelty different than waht he said.
    “Let me say it again. I don’t believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia—not in a thousand years.”

    The part omitted due to ignorance and/or malevolence:
    “Let me say it again. I don’t believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia—not in a thousand years. I repeat that I believe in blacks and whites working together. If one day it is white and the next day it is black, I believe we have failed and it will be a disaster for Rhodesia.”

    The educational, financial, property requirements for the franchise were met by more whites than blacks.
    This is provided the truth that the country was 7 million blacks and 250,000 whites (roughly).

    One should now be able to understand the quote.

    In Conclusion…
    If the democracy within that state was to turn majority black over night.
    (IN OTHER WORDS)
    If the democracy were to remove the qualifications for the franchise (i.e. unrestricted universal suffrage),
    “…I (Ian Smith) believe we have failed and it will be a disaster for Rhodesia.”

    P.S.
    The intention of this post is not to convince you, it is more so to re-affirm my thoughts in a structured form.
    Many people such as yourself have taken this phrase out of its specific context.
    This makes me upset. This is because the tactic is rather low brow. Good day.

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