Posted On: Wednesday - May 24th 2023 7:07PM MST
In Topics:   Commies  University  History  Race/Genetics  World Political Stupidity
(Continued from Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)
The Cold War was on. It was a different time, you understand ... Really, there are lots of readers who may not understand. Anyone under 40 y/o would not know a whole lot about the goings-on during the 40 year-long Cold War, unless he does some history reading. He'd have been about 6 y/o when it was all over.
During the long Cold War stand-off between the US and the USSR, there were attempted and accomplished "proxy" wars all over the world. These were instigated by one side or the other to try to change governments or help regimes stay in power in order to keep these "non-aligned" nations aligned "our" way. Every continent in the world other than Ant-freaking-artica and arguably Oceania* was subject to this.
We all know about the hot wars in Asia, starting not with Korea, actually, but more like the Nationalist v Communist civil war in China. Of course, there was the East Bloc in Europe, settled very early on, with a few hiccups** for the Communists. South and Central America, well, most countries down there have flipped from Commie to military junta back and forth with the frequency of a cheap East-Bloc radio. (See Mormons, Commies, Shitholes, and Crown Jewels). We all know who backed and rooted for the Communists. These proxy wars came right on up to 90 miles off the State of Florida, with Cuber*** turning Communist in the amazing long-lived Revolución! started by Castro, leading up to some nearly nuclear action shortly thereafter. (The Soviets propped up the place to their - their OWN - very end. Los Revolución in Cuba continues unabated...)
That covers 5 continents, leaving 1, Africa. Africa had a fair share of the Cold War, including hot proxy wars going on, as the next
I am not covering this whole topic here, but I'll note that the country of Angola, still in southern Africa a couple of countries north of S. Africa had a lot of this going on. Freed from Portuguese colonization 48 years back, during the Cold War, this land is another shitholier-than-thou component of Steve Sailer's World's most important graph.****
The two big political factions in Angola, UNITA and the Communist MPLA were united against Portuguese rule. After that win, they were enemies, and the Soviets and Cubans (yeah, with some of that extra Soviet money) supported the MPLA, while the US and S. Africa supported UNITA. This went on from 1975 right on up through 2002 (long past the Cold War). However, the big struggle, and the time when the superpowers really gave a hoot, was during the Cold War time. I can remember seeing graffiti in places about UNITA and the Commies, at a time when I couldn't give a damn personally what happened to the shithole of Angola. However, the Free and Communist world vied for resources in Africa, as much as for political support or for bases of operation. South Africa has got its share of those African resources - and we sure don't mean Human Resources. It's the stuff in the ground.
Going along with all that, there has been, of course, a Communist component to the destruction of the once great White nation of South Africa. Is it the case that just about anything that involved societal destruction over the last century had Commies behind it, directly or indirectly? Just asking.
Part of the Cold War game was for one side to disparage the ills of the society of the other. The Soviets were at a BIG disadvantage there, once the West got wind of what really went on in the place, well, after Walter Duranty and all that.
The Soviets tried their best, however. Racism, yes, America was racist. South Africa was obviously a racist society. Sure, but that's why it WAS a 1st world nation, only one of previously 2 of them (before Rhodesia fell into Zimbabwe). I doubt that many of the Soviet leaders and spokesmen actually cared one iota about the Black! man in American or Africa. They likely understood why S. Africa was organized the way it was. Still, what they wanted was economic or societal destruction of any 1st World country they couldn't turn. The charges of racism were just some of the best propaganda they had.
Now, in the Conservative America of the early 1960's and prior, that talk would have fallen on mostly deaf ears. "Spout out all the agitprop you want, Khrushchev, we know a hell of a lot more about Blacks! than you do." I'll get back to this in a couple of paragraphs.
What the Soviets could do was infiltrate the politics of countries like S. Africa. There's a good article in the South African History.org site titled The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle, on the Communist infiltration into S. African politics. This stuff had been going on a long time, starting about a century ago. That page has a wealth of information. Here's a blog with some decent information too, written by "Michelle-Antoinette", actually a guy named Fred.
The Anti-Apartheid Black! contingent in the country were thick with Communists. That was all part of the world-wide external Cold War, with that one proxy operation going on in South Africa. There is more to the story though.
By the middle 1960s in America, the ctrl-left had infiltrated some of the Institutions, to some degree. The universities were one. The media had been infiltrated part-ways, but not completely yet - see Peter Brimelow on high-brow TV long ago and the current S. Africa. The charges of racism by the Soviets may not have swayed Western leaders and South African Whites, but they sure took hold in the ctrl-left of the West. This was part of the internal war against Communism, one which most Americans had no idea we were even involved in.
I remember some of this. The infiltration by the ctrl-left of the universities and (enough of) the press, put the anti-Apartheid movement in the forefront of peoples' minds. That Swedish girl in Part 4, not a Communist as far as I'll ever know, was swept along with it all. That also included powerful American and other Western politicians. Immense pressure was put on the White South African government to relinquish power. At one point, its only friend nation was Israel.
That anti-Apartheid movement went against all Free World interests in the Cold War, amazingly ... but not amazingly if you understand the idea of the Communists' internal war. It's not like Mr. Reagan or Mrs. Thatcher would have wanted S. Africa to go native, but the pressure from the left was high. Perhaps it was the Cold War that staved off ruin for the nation of South Africa for a another few years. By 1994, it was done for.
* Papua, New Guinea, and Indonesia are considered part of this continent. There was rebellion brewing in the this area in the late 1950s, and the USSR shipped arms to Indonesia. During the Kennedy administration, the US pressured the Dutch to sacrifice Papua's independence and transfer the territory to Indonesia as part of their relinquishment of their old colonies. The idea was to keep Indonesia on the side of the 1st (free) world.
** There were uprisings in East Germany in 1953, Hungary in '56, and Czechoslovakia in '68.
*** Well, that's what John F. Kennedy called it, back when it was hot.
**** On the west coast/side of the continent, the place is 80% bigger than Texas. It has grown from 26 million people to 35 million over the last only 8 years! (Sure, that's under 1% of that 2100 4 Billion, but this is now, and the fertility rate this past year was calculated at 5.2 births/woman.)