The Rhodesian African Nationalist Movement was started in 1957, then banned by the colonial government in February, 1959. By 1961, the organizing black citizens launched a campaign of violence against white communities. This violence was encouraged by the citizen leadership, deemed as being necessary to quash British colonialism.
One chief organizer of this citizen ensemble was none other than Social-Communist, Robert Mugabe, who was imprisoned for the next 11 years, not seeing freedom again until the year, 1974. While he was imprisoned he assisted in organizing the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, or the ZANLA.
The ZANLA spread to neighboring Mozambique, and a number of surrounding national areas. With Mugabe’s encouragement in 1976, 1,000 ZANLA guerillas moved across the boarder into Rhodesia, (Zimbabwe, later on), assaulting white owned farms and stores. These attacks forced white farmers and business people to abandon their farms, many exiting the country for good. Unemployed blacks joined the ZANLA by the thousands, with each individual seeking their own piece of the promised land redistribution.
In the course of the war, some 30,000 people died, with the whites suffering most in casualties by the later third of the decade, although Mugabe never achieved a single military victory over the colonial army of Rhodesia. When asked by world leadership what he was attempting to create, Mugabe stated that what he emphatically desired most of all, was a one party Marxist state. Mugabe’s public words were; “Let us hammer the white man to defeat. Let us blow up his citadel. Let us give him no time to rest. Let us chase him in every corner. Let us rid our home of this settler vermin.”
The British government organized the Lancaster House Agreements, at Lancaster House in London, which officially transferred the name, Zimbabwe (1980), from the colonialist name, Rhodesia, after colonialist leader and conqueror of the area, Cecil Rhodes. Mugabe was warned by British leaders not to alienate the white minority, since a mass exit would devastate the national economy, as it already had in Mozambique. Whites were terrified over the fact that Mugabe’s patrimonial population made up 70% of the national population, the fact that he was an avowed Marxist, and the fact of his own stated intent to exterminate the white population of Zimbabwe.
When Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe, he settled into a house in Mount pleasant, a wealthy white suburb in the northern part of Harare, Zimbabwe. When Mugabe moved into the Rhodesian Premier’s residence in Salisbury, Zimbabwe, after begin elected Prime Minister in 1980, he left the furnishings just as they were when when the Rhodesian Premier, Ian Smith, held office. Across the country, statues of Cecil Rhodes were removed, and squares and roads named after prominent colonial figures were renamed after black nationalists. Mugabe employed North Korean architects to construct a monument, known as the Heroes Acre, to commemorate the black majorities struggle against the white minority. The United States Provided a 23 million dollar three year aide package. The British provided financing for land reform programs.
What was wrong with the social-communist state being allowed to support itself? Why were these communist compelled to extract their support and sustenance from capitalist elements within the nation of Zimbabwe, and without? When these elements pulled out and away, how were the Communists ever going to become self supporting?
Mugabe made regular pronouncements regarding his creation of a new socialist society. He made a gradual transition away from capitalism, as he strengthened existing state institutions. The unemployment rate reached 26% in 1990. In the US during the Great Depression, the nationwide unemployment figure was only 30%. The national budget deficit ran year to year on a 10% intake of the nation’s gross national product. Where was the profit going derived from the remaining 90% of the GNP?
The new national leadership viewed themselves as being economic elitist, purchasing large homes and expensive cars, sending their children into private schools; and acquiring farms and business with a new ardor, obviously from their confiscations. All of this elitist excess was occurring while a massive majority of Zimbabwe’s population lived in destitution and poverty. The newspapers all across the nation were purchased from a South African company who owned them, where the white editors were deposed, and replaced with government appointees. Mugabe now could control any outgoing information regarding his government and nation.
One of Mugabe’s greatest intentions was to resettle 18,000 black families on 2.5 million acres of white owned farmland. This resettlement would cost 60 million US dollars, half of which would be paid for by the UK government. During the early years of Mugabe’s government, as the war ended, an economic boom followed. The white minority, who controlled considerable property and dominated commerce, industry, and banking, greatly benefited, with an overwhelming majority recouping their financial losses suffered during the war against colonialist influence. Nevertheless, because of Mugabe’s actions and continuing threats, in 1980 one tenth of the white population of Zimbabwe, sold their holdings and immigrated into South Africa. As time moved onward, larger numbers would eventually immigrate into Australia and New Zealand.
During the early 1980’s the nation of Zimbabwe descended into a period of social unrest and violence worse than that experienced during the Rhodesian war. Genocide Watch claimed that more than 20,000 black citizens perished during this period.
While promising peace and racial reconciliation in public, in secret Mugabe’s agents continued to persecute the white minority of Zimbabwe, murdering a number, arresting many on false charges, torturing others, generating a world wide outcry in protest. By the end of Mugabe’s third year as Prime Minister, one half of all whites in Zimbabwe had sold out, hastily exiting the nation. In the 1985 election, Ian Smith won 15 out of the 20 seats allocated for whites in Zimbabwe.
52,000 thousand blacks had been settled on 6.5 million acres of land, by 1990. Still this resettlement was not enough to expunge the nations problem of over crowding, being exacerbated by the reproduction rate of the black population in spite of their destitution, incessant violence, disease rates, and squalor living conditions. The broad government intention was to eventually resettle 110,000 black families on 13 million acres, which would have demanded that half of all white owned land be confiscated.
Over the following years, acres of white owned land in the hundreds of thousands, was confiscated. Instead of land being given to landless black families, much of it was leased over to national ministers and various senior officials. As a response, in 1994 the British government, who had financed this massive theft at 44 million pounds, or 88 million US dollars, ceased its funding.
By 1998 the unemployment rate in Zimbabwe was a whopping 50%. By 2009, most of the skilled labor force had left the country. Ex-veterans of the anti-colonialist revolution demanded a pension. Mugabe put together a package that cost the nation 4.2 billion dollars. In February 2000, armed gangs again returned to what white owned farms remained. These gangs had been paid to invade and attack by Mugabe’s government. By 2006 it was reported that 60 white farmers had been murdered, yet some accounts claim that many more innocents were slaughtered. Large numbers of the seized farms remained empty. Most of the land claimed by the black families remained unproductive, primarily due to a lacking of farming skills by black families, and access to equipment; an angle of perspective obviously not anticipated by the thieving revolutionaries.
In 2000, the corn production of Zimbabwe’s land was over two million tons. In only eight years that production rate had declined to a mere 450,000 tons. The revolutionaries were cutting their own throats when they attacked the innocent white land owners. By 2005, Zimbabwe’s GDP was only equal to 3.4 billion US dollars, a mere half of what it was in 2000. By 2009, 75% of Zimbabwe’s citizen base was subsisting on international aid. What good did owning land do? By 2007, Zimbabwe had the highest inflation rate in the world, at a jaw dropping 7600 %! By 2008, inflation had exceeded 100,000%. The vast devastation of such enormous interest rates staggers the mind to visualize, but the scales of justice shall always balance out.
By 2005, 80% of Zimbabwe’s population was unemployed. By 2008 only 20% of Zimbabwe’s children were in school of any type. Vast mismanagement of the sewage and water system led to a massive cholera outbreak the same year, with over 98000 cases reported. 15% of all individuals age 15 -49 were said to have been HIV infected. The tourism industry, which had once flourished, had now collapsed. Due to a lack in funding, Mugabe ordered the slaughter of more than 100 elephants to provide meat for an April 2007 national feast held in his honor, contributing to the growing extinction rate of these animals. In 2005 Mugabe ordered the bulldozing of all huge squalor slums, where over 700,000 blacks were left homeless, but where else could these people go to live? Eventually Mugabe made an appeal directed toward these white farmers, for them to consider returning to the nation of Zimbabwe; but understandably, the farmers refused, being comfortable in their reestablished new homes.
In 2016 nationwide protests raged over Zimbabwe contesting the continuing grind of severe economic collapse.
As we read these absolute facts, do we observe any correlations? Are there any resemblances to present day manifestations on the ground in Western nations? Where does the appeal of Social-Communism come into play? Why is it that economic deterioration correlates with a concerted attack on the white power structure? What if the white farmers had their land under mortgage, how might a massive loan default have played out for the economic health of Zimbabwe? What must occur to avert a similar situation in Western nations at large today? Do these types of unjustified persecutions directed toward white communities in Western nations give justification for the establishment of a white nation unto itself?
Readers should observe the facts, notice developments on the ground, then arrive at their own conclusions in regard to these questions and many more. Allow hard facts to speak for themselves, and the truth in their voice can never be denied.
-By H. L. Dowless
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.