ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Cost of Internationalism

IT is a sad commentary on the world's progress towards some kind of a just and equitable order that the Ian Smith regime in Salisbury could muster the courage to execute three African freedom lighters. There is no doubt that Britain's attitude to Rhodesia has greatly helped the racists there. If Wilson had declared in 1965 that the ways and means of ending the Smith rebellion should be thought of by the world as a whole, the UN might not have been so inactive as it has been till now. Instead, he declared that it was a British problem and only wanted others to impose sanctions against Salisbury. The Conservatives extracted from Wilson at an early stage the promise that force would not be used, Even if ho himself has no sympathy for the Smith regime, Wilson's primary concern as a politician has been to take the wind out of Tory sails and it is not surprising that on many issues he has done exactly what Sandys, Powell and Heath would have done.

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