Zimbabwe: then and now


Here's to you, Ian Smith

Let us say thank you for the life of Ian Smith, a hero and martyr of Western and British civilization who was "once the most hated man in Britain," and even now after his death "is demonised as he was in life," writes Steven Glover in the Daily Mail. Glover makes vivid for us the nature of the Rhodesia that Smith led for 14 years in defiance of Britain after it insisted that he initiate black majority rule. Glover too had shared the general contempt for Smith's white-ruled Rhodesia, until he went to Rhodesia in 1978 and saw for himself what it was like: