[Here is a US newspaper article from 1978. This is after Rhodesia was sent downhill thanks to the idiot Vorster in SA who was being pressured by the Jew scumbag Kissinger from the USA. Vorster had insisted we must release black leaders, garbage like Mugabe, whom we had in detention. There were threats on cutting off ammunition and petrol supplies from South Africa, which was our ONLY lifeline. All this happened when the Jew Kissinger and a hateful black, Andrew Young, who was an Obama of his time, a black radical piece of shit, got involved in “helping us”. When Carter and Young and Kissinger stuck their noses into Rhodesia, they totally screwed it up for us whites.
The white farmers were on the forefront of a vicious war there, and its something that’s been carried on by these communist blacks right into South Africa. Jan]
There is some indication that control of the land has become linked with the visibly mounting racial bitterness as the war drags on. One of the guerrillas who killed 10 survivors of the air Rhodesia Viscount crash earlier this month was heard to shout, “You (whites) have stolen our land” before opening fire.
One sign of the increasing danger for white farmers is that the army is reportedly suggesting to those living in some particularly “hot” districts that it might be better if they “consolidated” themselves into more easily defendable points. But Prime Minister Ian Smith last week reassured those hanging on in the guerrilla threatened eastern border area that “no farmer will ever be told he’s got to go.
“Nonetheless, he too hinted that it might be better for beleaguered farmers in districts like Melsetter, 50 miles south of Umtali, if they regrouped themselves in order to faciliate the over-stretched army’s task of defending them.
The problem for white farmers is not that the countryside is becoming swamped with guerrillas but that they are switching tacics.
No longer are the guerrillas only blasting the well-protected white farmsteads with borders and rifle fire in nighttime hit-and-run raids. They have now turned to driving off the farm labor, ordering black workers to return to their tribal trust lands and sometimes burning down their grass-and-pole huts if they refuse.
Since last March, scores of farmers have faced this problem in northern and eastern Rhodesia. Just last week, the local press reported three white farms were burned out in the Shamva district 40 miles northeast of Salisbury. On one, 30 black homes were set afire.
In addition, white farmers living on lonely, dirt sideroads face an increasing threat of ambush by guerrillas. Scores have already been killed in this manner.
Just how much this new guerrilla campaign is going to affect the planting of crops over the coming two months is still not clear, but government authorities and the local white Rhodesian press are clearly worried about it, compounding the general uncertainty among white farmers over their future here.
“Harvest of Fear” the magazine Illustrated Life Rhodesia called the coming season. “Guerrilla sights are focused on the farmers of Rhodesia,” it began. “The insurgents are aiming to drive men off the land both by terrorizing them and by making it impossible for growers to plant and reap their crops.”
“Econonmy Waiting for Vital Crop Decisions” was the recent frontpage headline of the Rhodesian Financial Gazette. It said that “most farmers are delaying final planting until the last possible moment while they try to assess the likely course of events over the next year.”
Yet, according to various farming association sources, many white farmers are more anxious than ever before “to stick it out” because of the expectation that economic sanctions will be lifted once a black majority government takes over next year. This in turn would assure far higher prices for export crops.
The economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations after whites here declared their independence of Britain in November 1963 have required farmers to pay high prices for imports while their goods sold away below the going world rate.
“We are aiming at an expansion of our crop of 10 per cent so to be in a position to deal with a sanctions free market,” said Donald Bullock, president of the Rhodesian Tobacco Association in an interview. “Our objective is to regain our position on the world market as a major tobacco growing country.”
Bullock said the industry, which has 1,600 growing members” and an international reputation, also hopes to increase the crop by 10 per cent every year thereafter.
Such enthusiasm and ambitious plans are hard to match with the host of uncertainties hovering over the future of white farmers in Rhodesia. Yet Bullock, like Denis Norman, president of the Rhodesian National Farmers Union, remains bullish. Sales of seed and herbicides are higher than last year and fertilizer about the same, according to Norman, who also estimates farmers” planting intentions” to be similar to those of a year ago.
He said 50 per cent of them had already made up their minds to go ahead and plant. But, he added, generally “they want to be in a less vulnerable position” in case they cannot reap the next crops.
As for tobacco growers, who can practically smell the higher prices promised once sanctions are lifted, “unless physically stopped from doing so, they will go ahead,” according to Bullock. “If they have not their labor force still, they definitely will. A bloke doesn’t give up very easily here,” he added.
Tobacco is in many ways a bellweather of the rich Rhodesian farmer world, since its growers also produce half of the country’s staple corn corp. “The overall farming picture depends on tobacco,” said Bullock.
Most of the tobacco crop is not planted until the end of October just before the rains set in. But the 10 percent of it normally grown in irrigated fields is now reported to be going in on schedule.
Just how this struggle for the land and homesteads between white farmers and the guerrillas will end remains unclear, but it stands more than ever at the heart of the war in Rhodesia today.