former prime minister
Died: Nov. 20, 2007
Best Known as: former prime minister of Rhodesia
Former prime minister of Rhodesia, who avowed that white rule would
endure in Africa for 1,000 years. His resistance to black rule led to
Rhodesia’s declaration of independence from Britain in 1965, and later a
seven-year guerrilla war, and severe repression. The wars cost 30,000
lives, the majority of which were black fighters and civilians. He became
the symbol of white rule in Africa. The once prosperous Rhodesia suffers
from poverty and famine as the independent country Zimbabwe, which only
strengthened Smith’s white supremacist views. Bitter and resolute in his
beliefs to the end, Smith insisted that his government was beneficial to
all Zimbabwe’s people.
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