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Ian Smith

Geburtstag: 8. April 1919
Todesdatum: 20. November 2007

Ian Douglas Smith war ein rhodesischer Politiker. Er war von 1964 bis 1979 Premierminister von Rhodesien, dem heutigen Simbabwe. Wikipedia

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„Let me say it again. I don't believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia—not in a thousand years. I repeat that I believe in blacks and whites working together. If one day it is white and the next day it is black, I believe we have failed and it will be a disaster for Rhodesia.“

—  Ian Smith

Nigel Rees, "Sayings of the Century", Unwin paperbacks, 1984, p. 247.
Radio broadcast, March 20, 1976.
Peter Godwin, Comment in the Guardian(UK) Newspaper http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/nov/25/comment.zimbabwe.

„If Smith was a black man, I would say that he was the best Prime Minister that Zimbabwe ever had.“

—  Ian Smith

Morgan Tsvangirai, Leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, 1999[citation needed]
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„Ernest Mtunzi, Former UK Representative of Joshua Nkomo“

—  Ian Smith

Ian Smith - A Bit Of A Rebel
Kontext: Ernest Mtunzi, Former UK Representative of Joshua Nkomo.

„I would be dishonest if I did not state quite clearly that the proposals which were put to us in Pretoria do not represent what in our view would be the best solution to Rhodesia's problems.“

—  Ian Smith

Michael Knipe, "Mr Smith agrees to majority rule coming within two years", The Times, September 25, 1976, p. 1.
Statement (September 24, 1976) on negotiations in South Africa which proposed a phased transition to majority rule.

„I am satisfied it has strengthened my hand tremendously. Nobody but a fool would disregard the kind of result we witnessed today.“

—  Ian Smith

BBC News 'On this day' http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_2510000/2510755.stm, August 31.
Reaction to the 1977 general election in which his government was re-elected overwhelmingly.

„Today is not such a tremendous day for us Rhodesians. We made our decision to become a Republic quite a long while ago, and this is simply the process of formalizing it. Our Independence Day is the great day. Rhodesia did not want to seize independence from Britain. It was forced upon us.“

—  Ian Smith

BBC News 'On this day' http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/2/newsid_2514000/2514683.stm, March 2. "Smith recalls era of savages in skins", The Times, March 3, 1970, p. 8.
At a press conference on March 2, 1970, when Rhodesia declared itself a Republic.

„Ian Smith was a formidable opponent, but he lacked any vision. We offered him much better terms at the Fearless and Tiger talks than anything he is going to get now. He held out too long, for too much, and is going to end up with nothing.“

—  Ian Smith

Harold Wilson, former British Prime Minister, interviewed by the BBC in 1979. While passing through Heathrow airport, Wilson had a chance encounter with Smith en-route to Lancaster House. The two had coffee together, and Wilson's comments were made after their meeting.
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