BEHIND THE NEWS MARCH 1980
A loss of courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party….. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by the entire society.
The writer, Ivor Benson, was Information Adviser to the Rhodesian Government for two years, up to the time of UDI, resigning shortly afterwards. It would be hard to find any statement he has made since then about devepments in Rhodesia which has not been endorsed by events.
The struggle for Rhodesia has ended, as we long ago predicted it would, in an overwhelming victory for the invading imperialism of money, and is no longer of any importance except as an example of what is in store for other areas of the globe where people continue to cling to the right to rule themselves and shape their own future.
In particular, it has lessons of the greatest importance for the people of South Africa – if they are still capable of learning from the experience of others.
As we write this, the result of the general election conducted under British supervision is still awaited, but there is no reason to doubt that it will be an easy win for that unholy alliance known as the Patriotic Front, an easy win for the group nominated in advance by powerful external forces, and easy win for unlimited, unabashed terrorism.
Lunacy or dishonesty – call it what you will – gained its ultimate fulfilment and expression in the comment of the British spokesman Mr. Nicholas Fenn that “many countries in the world could be proud of having elections like these”.
For the benefit of other who might like to have elections that will win the praise of Mr. Fenn and ensure international recognition for the resultant government, we supply this brief account of how it was done.
A monstrous confidence trick must, before all else, have what is today called “credibility”. Not so? Some of this credibility was supplied at each polling station in the form a British police constable, helmet and all, in popular imagination the living embodiment of law and order, honesty and integrity.
Meanwhile, of course, the Lancaster House delays had been designed to give the Soviet-backed Nkomo and Mugabe time to move their trained terrorists into position all over the country, these not to be confused with the thousand of returning refugees who were given guns and made to look like terrorists before proceeding to the cease-fire assembly points.
At every polling station the drill was much the same: the unarmed terrorists were up long before dawn on the first day of voting and took their places at the head of the queues, their only uniform (now that real uniforms were forbidden) being two matches stuck into their woolly hair just above the left ear.
Having voted, these “terrs” rejoined the queue, evenly spaced down the line, where they could continue to freeze the blood of those waiting to vote, with warnings of death and destruction for any who might be thinking of voting the “wrong” way.
In many cases intimidation accompanied the voter until the moment he put his mark on the voting paper and popped it into the box – all this under watchful eyes of the bewildered policeman who, naturally enough, could make nothing of the Shona and Ndebele babble.
The Patriotic Front seemed to have unlimited funds – a couple of million dollars could have been spent in T-shirts and fancy hats alone – plus expert assistance in the conduct of their psychological warfare from their KGB advisers stationed in Lusaka and Lourenco Marques (now known as Maputo).
In this whole process of fraudulent miss-representation spiced with terror, we can always expect to find a close and highly effective partnership of wickedness and stupidity being, of course, always at the service of the wicked.
The stupid help to give credibility to the villainy, as was seen at the Bindura polling station where functionaries of the British Election Commission, politically stupid but not dishonest, discovered to their horror that the entire Black polling staff were actually commanding the baffled and frightened voters to vote Political Front.
Thus, news of the arrest of the polling staff, given much publicity in the Press, would have helped, in the minds of innocent outsiders all over the world, to give some “credibility” to a general election which was already almost totally fraudulent and violent and could not in the wildest stretch of imagination be regarded as an expression of the will and wants of the Black population of Rhodesia.
Behind the Scene
The perpetrators of evil in the Rhodesian tragedy (ignoring for a moment the fools) fall into two distinct categories: the principals and the agents. The Black “nationalists”, like Nkomo and Mugabe, are mere agents. So, who are the priciples?
That question we have partly answered already with the statement that the Rhodesian struggle has ended in a victory for “an invading imperialism of money”. But that calls for some explanation and amplification.
And there must be a few who are better qualified to supply that amplification than Mr. C. Gordon Tether who for 21 years, until quite recently, wrote the LOMBARD daily column in the London FINANCIAL TIMES. Expelled from that newspaper after he had suddenly stumbled on the long-hidden secret of financial world imperialism, he now writes regularly for the Washington-based newspaper SPOTLIGHT, from which the following is quoted:
“The outside world has been encouraged to see the battle over the future of Rhodesia as basically a racial struggle – an attempt by the Black majority to wrest the reins of government from an entrenched White minority. But the real battle has been concerned with the question: Who was to be in control of the country’s valuable mineral and other resources – the home side or the international Big Business community? Some powerful clues as who won this tussle can be uncovered by looking at the background of the people behind the settlement that has ended Rhodesian independence.
Cohorts of Mammon
C. Gordon Thether names the three principle “stars” in the Rhodesian drama.
First is Lord Peter Carrington, who comes from “a banking and land-owning family and can be said to have devoted his life to safe-guarding the interests of the super-capitalists in and out of politics”.
For his recent work in the international field Lord Carrington was recently rewarded with membership of the Trilateral Commission, which Tether describes as “the super-capitalist lobby that put Jimmy Carter in the White House in 1976”.
Then there is Lord Soames, who has had very little experience of “Third World” politics and who quite recently underwent open-heart surgery, two factors that should have disqualified him for the trying Rhodesian task. The compelling reason for his selection, however, was “his long history of devotion to the cause of super-capitalism”.
In fact, Lord Soames is a director of N.M. Rothschild and Sons and is also director of the National Westminster Bank, one of Britain’s “big four” banking institutions.
Third of the “stars” named by Tether is “Tiny” Rowland, chief executive of the Lonrho empire, one of Africa’s biggest multinationals, the owner of enormous assets in Rhodesia and chief sponsor of Joshua Nkomo.
Tether ads: “The interests of the people of Rhodesia, whether Black or White, are destined to be treated as very much of a secondary consideration in this business – if, indeed, they are taken into account at all”.
It is highly significant, even if by very few understood, and least of all by men like Lord Carrington, Lord Soames and Mr. Rowland, that the promotion of the long-range purposes of huge concentrations of wealth should have to depend so heavily on the arts of mystification and misrepresentation and should be so insensitive to the cruelties to which they everywhere give rise.
The explanation, we be sure, is that this kind of “progress” encounters obstacles that have their source deep in human nature, obstacles of a moral or religious character which have enduring truth on their side and which a spurious, rationalist and materialist “progress” cannot and dare not confront in free and open encounter. Such obstacles must, therefore, be evaded or circumvented, and this can be done only by means of suppression and misrepresentation, reinforced when necessary with violence.
Now let us take a closer look at the unfolding scene as that “invading imperialism of money” takes over.
One concrete example will have to suffice: The giant international Delta Corporation, with head offices in London, has already swallowed up a number of highly profitable companies, the ownership and full control of which were held by Rhodesians and South Africans, companies like National Breweries, Salisbury Bottlers (holders of the Coke franchise etc.), OK Bazaars, and others.
We feel we can safely predict that all these companies will continue to operate under the new conglomerate ownership but will show little or no profit (which is just too bad for any minority shareholders!).
And why no profits? Because a system has been devised whereby everything these companies require from abroad will be supplied and paid for by the parent company in the form of irredeemable loans.
In this way the profits of the Delta Corporation, in the form of interest on loans, acquire “wings” capable of carrying them swiftly and easily over the walls that are going to be erected by Rhodesia’s new rulers around the country’s economy – walls that may soon be an impassable barrier even for White Rhodesians wishing to take their household possessions with them when they leave.
Multiply the Delta Corporation a couple of dozen times, with names like Anglo American, Charter Consolidated, Lonrho, and Union Carbide, and you have the whole picture of the “home side” in the process of being stripped of its hard-won possessions by international Big Business. And all in the most “lawful” manner imaginable!
Intelligent people all over the world will be able to draw their own conclusions from the fact that neither these multinational industrial and commercial giants, nor their newspapers, show signs of being in the least disturbed by the prospect of a Marxist, Soviet-backed regime in Rhodesia.
So what are the lessons for other areas of the globe where people continue to cling to the right to rule themselves and shape their own future?
The answer in brief is that Rhodesia must be seen as a warning example of what will happen, if these others allow it to happen.
South Africans have watched the unfolding Rhodesian drama since long before the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, but how many understand that it was possible even in 1965 to predict with absolute certainty how Mr. Ian Smith’s pursuit of that “first prize” of a negotiated settlement would end, and that many thousands, including members of the armed forces, would lose their lives in a struggle which their leader, virtually a dictator, was committed in advance to lose.
The resumption of negotiations between the South African Government and representatives of the United Nations over South West Africa will give added interest and importance to an in-depth analyses of Mr. Smith’s attitude and activities which we hope to include in the April issue of this newsletter.
Today you sign treaties; tomorrow you will fall into despair; then, just a push, a little push….and plouf! You topple into the void. – JEAN DUTORD, L’Arbre
“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay, but rather division. – LUKE 12:51