South Africa In Our Future?
Bush made his
grand tour of Africa last year, he had little to say
about the land seizures and violent assaults on white
farmers that the government of Zimbabwe`s Robert Mugabe
has carried out, nor did he insist that South Africa`s
president Thabo Mbeki do anything about it.
"I don`t have
any intention of second-guessing his tactics,"
smirked to the
press about what Mr. Mbeki would or would not do
black tyrant next door who has managed to reduce
Zimbabwe to the edge of
mass starvation and
Mr. Bush no
longer has any need to guess at all, since Mr. Mbeki
himself may have started imitating Mr. Mugabe`s policies
in South Africa.
Last week, in
what is probably the best report on what`s gong on in
South Africa in the American press in the last 10 years,
the Washington Times showed how South African
whites are slowly being dispossessed of their farms—and
their lives. Having sniffed the insipid weakness of
white leaders like
Mr. Bush, Mr. Mbeki knows he has nothing to fear.
reports that in the decade since the end of white rule
in South Africa, "almost 1,700 farmers, nearly all
white, have been killed on
South African farms." [Violence
besets rural South Africa By Tom Carter,
July 21, 2004].
Many whites are
convinced the government is coordinating these attacks,
though there seems to be little evidence of that so far,
but one thing is perfectly clear: The attacks are
motivated by race.
homicide investigator who denied the government was
behind the murders is well aware of their racial
"If you look at what
[the criminals] did, to these
people in these attacks, there was
hatred for white people. Black farmers have also
been attacked, just not with the same brutality."
And brutality is
the key word for what`s happening to whites in South
Africa. As the Times notes,
"Many of the killings were
Rape is common. One wheelchair-bound elderly woman
was scalded with boiling water until she died. And the
number of `farm attacks`—where no one was killed—number
in the tens of thousands."
The story begins
with an account of a white farmer beaten to death with a
stone—for "less than $3, a pair of pants, a pair of
shoes and a wristwatch."
things are getting better in the new
majority-rule South Africa. Just after the end of
apartheid, the country enjoyed the highest murder rate
in the world—67 per 100,000 in 1994-95. Today it`s only
47 per 100,000—about the same as Washington, D.C.
As for land,
what`s happening is frighteningly similar to what has
already happened in Zimbabwe, where government-backed
gangs of black thugs have simply moved onto white-owned
lands, kicked off (or sometimes killed) the white
owners, and taken over the farms—usually ruining the
land in the process. The Times report recounts
how one white farmer has witnessed some 40,000 black
squatters take over 140 acres of his farm. He can do
nothing about it—"I can`t go in there. Too dangerous
for me—they know me for who I am"—and the government
will do nothing to get them off. It says the farmer must
pay $262,000 to house the squatters somewhere else.
in South Africa have resulted in the loss of some
500,000 agricultural jobs, mostly by unskilled black
workers, since 1993 as farms where they once worked have
had to shut down. The government has resettled many
blacks onto white-owned lands, "and have not been
able to make a go and [the farms] are now vast
rural shanty towns that are no longer producing` either
food or jobs," the head of the
South African Institute of Race Relations told the
unskilled farmworkers who were supposed to be lifted up
are being hurt the most,"
the head of the Agricultural Employers Organization
said. "If the land issue is not handled correctly, it
Zimbabwe all over again."
Which may be
exactly what South African blacks would like. When
President Mbeki was inaugurated last April, the visiting
Mr. Mugabe "received a thunderous ovation from the
overwhelmingly black crowd, only slightly less raucous
than for Mr. Mbeki or his predecessor, Nelson Mandela."
going on in South Africa is not merely the exposure
of the cheap hypocrisy of President Bush`s gabble about
"human rights" but the
working out of the results of the century-long
racial conflict that is being waged wherever whites are
or have been dominant.
What we need to
learn from what has happened in
Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and what is happening now in
South Africa is that as the white future in the United
States steadily darkens, their fate may be
ours as well.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
[Sam Francis [email
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