[Marxism] He should rot in hell

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 21 06:49:17 MST 2007

NY Times, November 21, 2007
Ian Smith, Defiant Symbol of White Rule in Africa, Is Dead at 88

Ian Smith, the former prime minister of Britain’s rebellious colony of 
Rhodesia, who once promised that white rule in Africa would endure for 
1,000 years, died yesterday in South Africa. He was 88.

The cause was a stroke suffered at a nursing home near Cape Town, said 
Sam Whaley, a friend and former senator in Mr. Smith’s Rhodesian Front 

Mr. Smith’s resistance to black rule led to a unilateral declaration of 
independence from Britain in 1965 and, later, severe repression and a 
seven-year guerrilla war, costing about 30,000 lives, most of them black 
fighters and civilians.

Second only to the apartheid rulers of South Africa, Mr. Smith became a 
symbol, both to black Africans and many others, of iniquitous white rule.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/21/world/africa/21smith.html

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