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Looking back with over 30 years of hindsight and reading the New York Times (partial joke) Zimbabwe today remains a fascinating example of rights and wrong, a peoples basic right of free will and an example of no matter how much things change they still remain the same.( Think Iraq ) A simplistic analysis of the situation would be that in the early sixties many colonial powers like Britain recognized the injustice of owning “Colonies” and decided to give them back to their indigenous peoples so a democracy could be established and all people enjoy free will, free speech and determine their own futures. Thus the British ordered the Colony of Rhodesia in 1964 to be granted Independence but Ian Douglas Smith, then Prime Minister refused to hand the country back to the 6 million black majority, instead he himself and his “ White Racist Regime” held the country hostage until it finally gained Independence in 1980. The despot Robert Mugabe took power. During the 16 years fight for freedom the White government claimed it was a communist grab for power and a threat to the West when really it was a local fight for freedom. During the war innocents where murdered by both sides, The freedom fighters would murder black villagers and workers in an effort to stop them working for White owned business whilst White Rhodesian soldiers would also kill villagers who they would claim where aiding the freedom fighters (terrorists in some peoples minds) As usual the poor innocents suffer. There would be demonstrations to end colonization and for “One Man One Vote” the hope, happiness and optimism in peoples faces would move one to tears. The war, atrocities and bombing would continue and at every opportunity bodies would be laid out with communist supplied weapons for propaganda, then it ended, freedom, self determination and democracy in 1980 and Robert Mugabe became President. Initial hope and euphoria turned into a steady erosion of rights and justice where now, in 2008, whilst Mugabe is driven to meetings in a Rolls Royce and most of his cronies enjoy privilege and living on farms and other seized property, the majority of the population live in squalor, with no hope and inflation running at 4500% and a loaf of bread costs a months wages, if there was a loaf of bread in the empty shops. Who won, was justice served?


 


I See Dead People in 1976 !

Rhodesia vote 1976
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Rhodesia vote 1976
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Ian Smith 1976
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Ian Smith 1976
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Ian Smith 1976 at Childrens Fair driving a train Nikon F Tri X
Ian Smith 1976 at Childrens Fair driving a train Nikon F Tri X
Ian Smith 1976 at a political meeting Nikon F Tri X
Ian Smith 1976 at a political meeting Nikon F Tri X
Ian Smith trying to sell compromise 1976 Nikon F Tri X
Ian Smith trying to sell compromise 1976 Nikon F Tri X
1976 Joshua Nkomo founder of ZAPU Nikon F Tri X
1976 Joshua Nkomo founder of ZAPU Nikon F Tri X
1976 Joshua Nkomo founder of ZAPU Nikon F Tri X
1976 Joshua Nkomo founder of ZAPU Nikon F Tri X
PK Van Der Byl 1976 Foreign Minister Nikon F Tri X
PK Van Der Byl 1976 Foreign Minister Nikon F Tri X
Eric Sykes 1976 English comedian Nikon F Tri X
Eric Sykes 1976 English comedian Nikon F Tri X
Winston Churchill Jnr son of Randolph 1976 Nikon F Tri X
Winston Churchill Jnr son of Randolph 1976 Nikon F Tri X
King Ngwenyama Sobhuza II of Swaziland 1976 Nikon F Tri X
King Ngwenyama Sobhuza II of Swaziland 1976 Nikon F Tri X
King Ngwenyama Sobhuza II of Swaziland 1976 Nikon F Tri X
King Ngwenyama Sobhuza II of Swaziland 1976 Nikon F Tri X
1976 Everyone had to fight for Rhodesia Nikon F Tri X
1976 Everyone had to fight for Rhodesia Nikon F Tri X
1976 Everyone had to fight for Rhodesia Nikon F Tri X
1976 Everyone had to fight for Rhodesia Nikon F Tri X
Searching for bad guys 1976 Nikon F Tri X
Searching for bad guys 1976 Nikon F Tri X
1976 Self Protection for Farmers on the road Nikon F Tri X
1976 Self Protection for Farmers on the road Nikon F Tri X
1976 Journalists in a DC3 flying to Umtali Nikon F Tri X
1976 Journalists in a DC3 flying to Umtali Nikon F Tri X
1976 Land Mines on the roads caused death Nikon F Tri X
1976 Land Mines on the roads caused death Nikon F Tri X
1976 my MGB GT at Police Road block Nikon F Tri X
1976 my MGB GT at Police Road block Nikon F Tri X
1976 armed convoy to protect drivers to Bulawayo Nikon F Tri X
1976 armed convoy to protect drivers to Bulawayo Nikon F Tri X
1976 Soccer at Harare Stadium as the fight went on Nikon F Tri X
1976 Soccer at Harare Stadium as the fight went on Nikon F Tri X
1976 Demonstration of Fire Power by Rhodesian army Nikon F Tri X
1976 Demonstration of Fire Power by Rhodesian army Nikon F Tri X
1976 Demonstration of Fire Power by Rhodesian army Nikon F Tri X
1976 Demonstration of Fire Power by Rhodesian army Nikon F Tri X
1976 Religious meeting and guards
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1976 Religious meeting and guards
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1976 Searching for bad guys in a back garden Nikon F Tri X
1976 Searching for bad guys in a back garden Nikon F Tri X
Rhodesian Forces & dog 1976 Nikon F Tri X
Rhodesian Forces & dog 1976 Nikon F Tri X
Rhodesian Massacre at Tea Estate 1976
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Rhodesian Massacre at Tea Estate 1976
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Rhodesian Massacre at Tea Estate 1976
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Rhodesian Massacre at Tea Estate 1976
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Rhodesian Massacre at Tea Estate 1976
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Rhodesian Massacre at Tea Estate 1976
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1976 Rhodesian Army in hot pursuit
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1976 Rhodesian Army in hot pursuit
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1976 Rhodesian Army in hot pursuit
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1976 Rhodesian Army in hot pursuit
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1976 The border with Mozambique
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1976 The border with Mozambique
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1976 The border with Mozambique
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1976 The border with Mozambique
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1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Spiritual meeting in Rhodesia bush Nikon F Tri X
1976 Old recruits practice to defend the country Nikon F Tri X
1976 Old recruits practice to defend the country Nikon F Tri X
1976 The Moxambique border preparing Mortars Nikon F Tri X
1976 The Moxambique border preparing Mortars Nikon F Tri X
1976 Large Exit hole suggests shot in back Nikon F Tri X
1976 Large Exit hole suggests shot in back Nikon F Tri X
Rhodesian Propaganda Photo 1976 Nikon F Tri X
Rhodesian Propaganda Photo 1976 Nikon F Tri X
Rhodesian Bombing, Cessna 02A  1976 Nikon F Tri X
Rhodesian Bombing, Cessna 02A 1976 Nikon F Tri X
1976 On the Mozambique border Nikon F Tri X
1976 On the Mozambique border Nikon F Tri X
1976 Chris Reynolds, Paul Harris, Alex Morrowsmith Nikon
1976 Chris Reynolds, Paul Harris, Alex Morrowsmith Nikon
1976 Paul Harris about to board a DC3 Nikon F Tri X
1976 Paul Harris about to board a DC3 Nikon F Tri X
1976 Rhodesia, Paul Harris, Martin Fletcher, Peter Jordan Nikon F Tri X
1976 Rhodesia, Paul Harris, Martin Fletcher, Peter Jordan Nikon F Tri X