Behind the News June 1978
Take ‘old o’ the Wings o’ the Mornin’
And flop around the world till you’re dead;
But you won’t get away from the tune that they play…..
Kipling – “the Widow at Windsor”.
Kipling wrote in an age in which it was a proud thing to be an Englishman, and “the tune that they played” was the national anthem of what was indeed a land of hope and glory.
An equally well-orchestrated and ubiquitous tune is to be heard throughout Rhodesia today – and South Africa for that matter. This tune sings of retreat, surrender, abandonment of principle and the necessity to capitulate to threats rather than stand up to them. Few objections are heard, so it would seem that the tune is attractive to Rhodesians. South Africans have as yet heard only the opening chords of this tune which can be heard in full everywhere in Rhodesia from press, radio, television and from Rhodesians themselves. One cannot escape it.
Since if Rhodesia goes, South Africans will soon find that they in turn “won’t get away from the tune that they play”, some details of what is to come may be very instructive.
First-class brains and much money have been spent on devising each of the themes played by this hellish orchestra. The intention is to sap White morale, to convince people that safety lies in surrender and that life will indeed be tolerable under a Black tyranny alleviated only by corruption and inefficiency.
We list some of these themes:
“But of course we will have guarantees” – There will, of course, be guarantees and they will, of course, be completely worthless. South Africans will recall that they had guarantees when their forces went into Angola and how much use they proved to be in the event. What punishment will be imposed, and by whom on a Black government which sets aside the guarantees? Once the question is asked, it is obvious that no action will be taken by anyone. Yet such is the power of propaganda that intelligent men pin their hopes to these promises.
Another 6-million myth
“We can’t fight six million Blacks” – This is the Myth of the African Giant. It is never mentioned that about one-third of the Africans in Rhodesia are foreigners, drawn by good pay and working conditions from their own countries. Of the balance, well over two-thirds are women and children. Deduct this from the thousands in the Army, Security Forces and Police, and the Africa Giant is seen for what it is – a bad mannered, ill-tempered baby which cannot even feed itself.
“But our Blacks are different, of course” – This is the Myth of the modern African, and one of the most successful propaganda lines. It is based on the egalitarian belief that “education” – any education for anything – will alter the inherent nature of the Black African. It will not, but the argument is a specious one and appealing to the unthinking.
Black politicians and “Nationalist leaders” are doing the Whites a service here by their public statements and TV appearances. We may be sure that the masters urge their puppets to present a “reasonable” and “moderate” image until the White sheep are safely inside the pen. Yet the African inability to keep his mouth shut is too strong and increasingly they reveal what someone has called the “bland, blind, bottomless evil of Africa.” Even the most obtuse White becomes uneasy.
“We must halt Communism in Africa” – This is the Myth that the aims of Britain and America are in conflict with those of Russia. It appeals to gullible Rhodesians, who can see themselves in a heroic role and thus reconcile themselves to sacrifices.
It is complete nonsense of course. The place to halt Soviet Communism is in Red Square Moscow. It will soon halt in Africa. We all know that the rulers of Britain and America have not the slightest intention of harming Russia in any way; they never have and they never will.
“But South Africa is pressuring us” – This is heard everywhere, and is a classic example of the half-truth more dangerous than the outright lie. Nobody in Rhodesia knows what the two prime ministers said to each other. We can reasonably surmise that South Africa is pressing for a decision, and reasonably so; she has her own contingency plans to make.
This does not mean that South Africa is pressing Rhodesia to accept a Black government, which is the unspoken implication. If Rhodesians decide to hand over to the Blacks, South Africa will no doubt accept it.
No reply is ever given if one asks why South Africa should want an implacably hostile “Zimbabwe” on her long and indefensible common border.
“We must pack it in, the economy is in ruins.” – A favorite line and dangerous because it sound reasonable. Very few people indeed know much of Rhodesia’s real economic situation, and even their opinion must be based on what they select as a starting point. It is held that everyone in Rhodesia must have imported Beluga caviar three times a day, then doubtless we are in trouble. It is held that every White must have one square meal a day, and then we have another situation entirely.
If one points out that in fact Rhodesia is awash with money because nobody has been able to get any out for years, that we have vast food reserves and a surplus for export to a starving continent, that our minerals are demand and our factories hard at work, the reply is, “Yes, but our trouble is lack of foreign currency”!
Point out that if this is it is indeed strange that expensive imported shoes, materials etc. are to be bought in the shops, and one is told that this is just to keep up morale. A meaningless answer, but believed by many. After ten years of war Rhodesia’s economy must be drained, but it is by no means broken.
Know your enemy
“But world opinion is against us.” – This is always adduced as if “world opinion” were decisive and of course nothing can be done against it. When two races occupy one country only three courses are possible: separate development (as originally envisaged by Dr. H.F. Verwoerd, the only policy which holds a possibility of White survival): Portugal’s racial integration; and Rhodesia wishy-washy compromise. All three are unhesitatingly condemned by “world opinion”.
It seems clear then that the attack is not on political systems but on the White man himself. South Africans might like to ponder the implications of this, and stop trying to placate the implacable.
There are others of course – the “it’s inevitable” approach, the fiction that standards will be maintained by a Black or even multi-racial government and so on, but enough has been said. If Rhodesia goes, these psycho-techniques will all be tried on South Africa, and will doubtless be effective.
Long before she has become “Zimbabwe”, Rhodesia will be remembered in books, theses and military staff studies as the perfect example of a successful psychological war, undefeated in the field. Rhodesians allowed themselves to be talked out of their country!
South Africans should be warned and alerted by the Rhodesian example: they are next on the list.
ALL IS HISTORY NOW, SOUTH AFRICA FELL. THE NEXT TO FALL WILL BE AMERICA, BRITAIN AND EUROPE.