RED FOR DANGER IN AFRICA
WORLD reaction to Rhodesia in the Context of Africa, the
booklet published by the Ministry of Information, was
remarkable. Hundreds of thousands of copies were despatched
and demanded from many different countries and it ranked as a
best seller. It told in simple language the facts about Africa. It laid
bare the chaos in infant African states. It showed the shallowness
of their erstwhile "colonial masters". It pierced the thin veneer
of "uhuru" and "freedom" and exposed the sordidness of such
catchwords. It caused a stir by its simple and factual tracing of the
unhappy history of these African states from their emancipation
to early 1966.
The Congo fiasco is now so well known internationally that
it needs little repetition. Given "freedom" on July 1, 1960, amidst
the acclaim of the world, this unfortunate country was launched
into an orbit of self-rule and democracy. The inevitable happened
—tribalism, nepotism, and barbarism took over, and this once
peaceful and prosperous land was soon convulsed in the toils of
tribal and internecine warfare which led inevitably to economic
collapse. Corruption, rapine and murder followed, and the country
became a blood bath virtually overnight.
The United Nations embarked on an expensive peacekeeping
programme, and the policy of the dreamers and ideologists was
put into operation. There was to be no secession by Katanga
Province from the Congo proper. The Katangese were to be
forced to be free in an association not of their choosing and the
United Nations, in its self-appointed role as a world government,
tried to implement this policy.
The Congo has never recovered from the chaos which
followed the intervention of the United Nations. Today there is no
stable government there; banditry and faction fighting are rife
and the high-flown object of the United Nations was never
achieved. Its forces withdrew at the height of the debacle and left
an ill-equipped and disillusioned people to clean up the shambles
which the U.N. had been instrumental in creating.
This, then, was the "freedom" recipe proffered by the idealists
of the conglomerate U.N. Today, more than seven years later,
there is no sign that stability will ever be restored to the hapless
The story of Tanzania was clearly drawn in Rhodesia in the
Context of Africa, and the self-styled democrat, Julius Nyerere,
was shown to have duped the British and all those who regarded
him as a moderate — an idealized figure of black reasonableness.
His country, launched on the sea of freedom in 1962, was to serve
as an example to its neighbours and the world outside. It certainly
did — but not in the manner predicted! Soon, following closely
the pattern in Zanzibar, communism took over, and the Chinese
Reds were in.
Peking, not London, now directed the functions of this
"neo-colony". Theft, corruption and bribery became the accepted order
throughout the administration, while the Chinese — "the saviours
of Tanzania" — brought in their own folk to help with agricultural
development and diversification. Significantly, Chinese agricultural
advisers soon had Tanzania growing, not their staple crops, but rice
for the hungry mouths of a lusty, awakening, politically conscious
The ramifications of the communist encroachment are
spreading gradually towards Kenya, where today one is confronted with
the spectacle of Oginga Odinga calling upon the Chinese
communists for help in promoting a "people's revolution" throughout
Africa. This, after the achievement of uhuru. The ageing President
would seem, so far, to have resisted the infiltration, but a thoughtful
observer may be excused for asking "How long his span, and then...?"
Uganda finds itself in much the same predicament, with this
difference — the tribal antagonisms of the negroid and nilotic peoples
are virtually insoluble. So deep-rooted are these differences that
leading ethnologists claim there will never be peace in that country
so long as the racial divisions last. Uganda therefore is doomed
to a future of internal strife precluding any possibility of economic
progress or stability. All the while the communists watch from
the sidelines and await their opportunity.
Ethiopia runs with the hares and hunts with the hounds.
Despot Emperor Haile Selassie, restored to his kingdom with the
help of white Rhodesian and South African troops in World War
II, sits uneasily on his throne while he panders to the Afro-Asians
on the one hand and the communists on the other. Surely he must
realize that the penalty for vacillation is extinction.
Nigeria, once considered the showplace of happy transition
from colonial dependence, is at this moment split asunder by tribal
differences, maladministration and bad government. When the
present internecine conflict is over, who is to say that there will
not be an atavistic reckoning of unparalleled barbarity resulting
in the slaughter of innocent thousands? Indeed, it is likely to be
taking place now. Meanwhile the communists, to the roar of jet
fighters and the crump of Chinese-made missiles, have made their
mark and ensured the spread of the conflagration and the maximum
growth of chaos.
And Ghana? It is almost impossible to interpret the real trend
of events there, but the same formula of confuse-and-conquer has
been repeated in that country two or three times. And so, ad
infinitum throughout the African continent, the machinations of
communism grind their relentless way towards the fulfilment of
the dreams of Lenin and Mao Tse Tung.
In the north, Morocco, Algeria and the United Arab Republic
have all become subservient to communist ideology, despite the
disparity between the teachings of Islam and the predatory
ambitions of the Reds. Nasser now knows to his bitter disillusionment
the cost of riding the tiger. The technological and military aid
lavished on his country was not intended to improve the lot of the
fellahin. It was an insurance payment to guarantee a communist
endowment. Nasser in his vanity took the bait and the hook, and
today is in thrall to the communists.
The Red modus operandi in Africa is therefore clear. The
chaotic conditions created have provided the fertile soil in which
communism thrives. Tanzania is secured; Kenya, already pink, may
soon be a mature shade of red; Malawi, however, has stemmed
the advance on its borders.
Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Rhodesia and South Africa
are the only countries in Africa today completely committed to a
policy of anti-communism, but there are signs that Lesotho and
Swaziland refuse to be won over by the communists.
ZAMBIA THE NEXT OBJECTIVE
Zambia manifestly is singled out as the next objective, with
Vice-President Kapwepwe a willing host, and Peking has not
hesitated to use any form of bribery or corruption to win over the
ingenuous Kaunda and his people. Visits to China on a luxury
scale have been provided for Zambian leaders; Chou En Lai has
offered to build railways, to provide loans, and to help with road
making. Soon the Chinese will offer to teach the Zambians to
grow rice! Zambia is being wooed into the heart of the communist
machine, and whether by design or inadvertence, is doing nothing
to avert the almost inevitable tragedy. She has become the base
for terrorist activities directed at her neighbours — Angola, Malawi,
Rhodesia and South Africa — in furtherance of the communist
In spite of all the protests, there exists proof conclusive that
Zambia is being used by the communists as the spring-board for
their many-pronged attack against free Southern Africa. While
Zambian leaders tread the road to perdition by becoming more
and more beholden to the Chinese, let her people reflect on their
own destiny. Perhaps some day they will appreciate the vulnerable
position which they occupy geographically in central Africa.
Leaders in North African states believe that they are
embarked on a crusade to rescue from "white colonialist
domination" those of their fellows who have not yet attained
"independence". They are the fodder which is being thrown into the battle for
Africa, and a dramatic battle it is, for if it is lost to communism,
so too will be lost the very freedom which they desire so dearly.
In reality such freedom as they now possess will be converted
into freedom to submit to genocide. The wide open spaces and
limitless resources of Africa are a tempting prize to the cynical,
A glance at the map illustrating the para-military incursions
recently made in the centre of Africa will convince the reader of
the falsity of the British pronouncement that Rhodesia's
Declaration of Independence sparked off the terrorist attacks made upon
her. Britain follows an enigmatic policy with regard to Cuba,
Tanzania and Vietnam — for reasons that remain a mystery to her
friends and allies. So far as Rhodesia is concerned, and the
presence of Chinese-trained communists infiltrating Africa, Britain
has sought to justify her inertia by alleging that terrorist incursions
into Rhodesia are symptomatic of a desire by Rhodesian Africans
to overthrow the white man. Similar incursions into Malawi are
ignored by the British.
BRITAIN'S DOUBLE STANDARDS
Britain's designs in all this are not clear, but those of the
communists are only too obvious. Having created chaos in the
states which they have subverted, they are driving south with the
intention of conquering the whole of Southern Africa.
Chinese communist designs in Vietnam are no different from
their designs in Southern Africa. The terrorists who have recently
been shot or captured in Rhodesia were all thoroughly
indoctrinated with the communist ideology. They carried the literature
of Mao Tse Tung—and more important, they were armed with
modern automatic rifles and machine guns of communist manufacture
as well as explosives, grenades and powerful bazookas.
In fact, recent Australian visitors have been surprised to find that
the weapons being used against Rhodesia are of the same pattern
as those being used against Australians, New Zealanders and
Americans in Vietnam.
Except in degree, the situation in Vietnam and in Africa is
identical. It seems incredible that Britain refuses to accept this
fact. Rather she makes spurious attempts to persuade her
traditional allies, especially America, that no similarity exists between
these two areas of conflict. The intensity of the conflicts in Africa
and Vietnam are at a different stage of development in
communistic planning, yet the pattern is clear.
The recent Middle East war has shown the strategic value of
the African sub-continent. The northern ramparts formed by Rhodesia
and the Portuguese overseas provinces are as vital to the
western hemisphere as is the southern coast of Africa, for should
Rhodesia, Mocambique and Angola succumb to communist domination,
the southern coast of Africa would follow and the lifeline
between the Western powers and the Far East would be cut.
Rhodesia, by defending the Zambezi River against the further
advance of Chinese communism, has set an example to the Western
world. It is worth pointing out to those who scrambled, with little
dignity and almost indecent haste, from other parts of Africa that
there is no intention of allowing Southern Africa to fall prey to
Chinese communism. In the broader concept of world politics
Western leaders must be aware of this basic principle.
So far as Africa is concerned "Red for Danger" is the watchword.
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