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Conservatives have long railed at the communist/liberal-left axis that has formed the most visible base of the worldwide attack on South Africa: the Soviet Union, Cuba, Libya, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe; the United Nations, the World Council of Churches, the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and the whole network of professional civil rights/human rights radicals that grew out of the 1960s antiwar movement; and, of course, the literati and glitterati of the national press, academe, and Hollywood. 

These formidable elements, marching under the camouflage of the anti-apartheid banner, have comprised a force that has done much to bring South Africa to its knees. But all of the AK-47s, mortars, bombs, Soviet advisors, terrorist training camps, assassinations, demonstrations, and biased broadcasts of these revolutionists combined could not, of themselves, have brought about the transformation in South Africa of a vicious terrorist group and its titular head from the status of political outlaws to that of global cult heroes and de facto heads of state. No, these subversive elements merely provided the “pressure from below,” an essential ingredient, but not sufficient of itself without “pressure from above” to produce the revolutionary transformation.

CFR Workings
In the case of South Africa, this “pressure from above” came from the same cabal that has betrayed and overthrown so many of our anti-communist allies since World War II — China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, and Rhodesia, to name a few. The leading cabalists in this ongoing betrayal come from the highest echelons of the international banking and corporate elite of Europe and America and their political front groups. 

Foremost among these fronts have been the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the United States, and its “sister bodies,” the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) in Great Britain, the Institute Francais des Relations Internationales in France, the Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Auswartige Politik in Germany, and the South Africa Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) in South Africa. 

In the United States, the CFR elitists have virtually run the federal executive branch since World War II, controlling the White House and especially using the Departments of State, Treasury, and Defense to advance their globalist “new world order” designs. 

Combining this political clout with their enormous economic clout in the financial markets, corporate board rooms and tax-exempt foundations, and their domination of the major news media, these global Insiders have time and again teamed up to scuttle anti-communist allies and to promote the most despicable communist regimes and the most violent terrorist organizations. This was especially apparent when the CFR hosted Nelson Mandela during his adulatory 1990 tour of the United States. After hobnobbing with the CFR elite at the organization’s New York headquarters, Mandela was sent off for full celebrity treatment by the CFR media managers. 

But Mandela is only the most notable of the ANC terrorists and supporters whom the CFR Insiders have hosted. Others among the ANC high command who have been honored at the CFR’s royal palavers include Walter Sisulu, Thabo Mbeki, Chris Hani, Joe Slovo, John Samuel, Patrick Lekota, Chris Mathabe, Aziz Pahad, and Tebogo Mafole. Slovo, of course, is also head of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and one of Moscow’s most slavish apparatchiks. Slovo, who is white, came from Lithuania and is reportedly a colonel in the Soviet KGB. 

Other CFR honorees include ANC cheerleaders Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the “Reverend” Allan Boesak, and a parade of pro-ANC activists from radical South African organizations such as the United Democratic Front, Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa, the Center for Policy Studies, the Legal Resources Center, and the South Africa Foundation.

International Pincer Attack
For decades the CFR’s agenda on South Africa has been outlined in its journal, Foreign Affairs, and has been put into effect by such CFR operatives as Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Shultz, and Warren Christopher. These agents, along with their colleagues in the media and their counterparts in Europe, were able to orchestrate an incredible international pincer attack, combining political blackmail, economic extortion, and public opinion pressure to paint South Africa as the most execrable nation on earth. Their high-level pressure helped force the South African government to make one deadly concession after another to the communist enemies of all Africans, whether black, white, Indian, or colored. At the same time, communist, Marxist, and other “Third World” regimes were (and still are) slaughtering their peoples by the hundreds of thousands and oppressing millions in the most unspeakable manner, with little international public outcry, diplomatic repercussions, or economic sanctions whatsoever. 

Examples of the CFR conspiratorial duplicity against South Africa are too legion to enumerate here at any length. Following are but a few: 

 • In 1959, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), a violent offshoot of the ANC, was organized in the Johannesburg offices of the United States Information Service (USIS) under Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (a CFR founder) and his successor at State, Christian Herter (CFR). 

 • In 1965, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, under the direction of its president, Joseph E. Johnson (CFR), brought forth a detailed plan advocating a military invasion of South Africa by the United Nations. The Carnegie Endowment, a vital adjunct of the CFR, has continued its anti-South Africa attacks non-stop. In the Winter 1986-87 issue of the Carnegie Endowment journal Foreign Policy, William Minter militantly charged that “there is no alternate way, short of Western military action, to induce the apartheid regime to negotiate its surrender.” 

 • The giant Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, always run by CFR members, have unstintingly lavished enormous sums on left-wing South African groups for decades. 

 • Vice President Walter Mondale (CFR) stated in May 1977 that President Carter (CFR) would give high priority to “smashing” South Africa’s apartheid. The Carter regime soon validated that statement. On October 27, 1977, President Carter ordered an immediate arms embargo on South Africa because of its “blatant deprivation of basic human rights.” At the same time, Carter was pursuing normalization of relations with Red China and expanded relations with the Soviet Union, both sterling champions of “basic human Rights.” 

 • In 1978 the South African Foreign Ministry released a report showing that, in the previous three years, Western governments had provided about 69 million rand (at that time about $79 million) to the SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organization) terrorists alone. The U.S. government’s contribution had been around $3.9 million. 

 • A 1984 article in Foreign Affairs by Thomas G. Karis (CFR) signaled the Establishment’s open support for South African communists and terrorists. Praising the thoroughly communist-dominated ANC and United Democratic Front, Karis glowed at the prospect of a South Africa governed “by individuals like … Desmond Tutu, Oliver Tambo, and Nelson Mandela.” 

 • On September 8, 1985, President Reagan signed Executive Order 12532, which declared: “I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States, find that the policies and actions of the Government of South Africa constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy and economy of the United States and hereby declare a national emergency to deal with the threat.” Thus, South Africa was officially deemed to be a greater “threat” than the Soviet Union or China. 

 • In 1986 a comprehensive study by Rand Africaans University’s Institute for American Studies provided details concerning the funneling of hundreds of millions of U.S. tax dollars by the Reagan State Department into the coffers of radical, pro-Soviet, pro-ANC groups in South Africa. Some $200 to $300 million were channeled through the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Information Agency, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and other agencies. 

 • Also in 1986, Assistant Secretary of State Chester Crocker (CFR) described the ANC as “freedom fighters,” marking an official about-face from State’s previous designation of the ANC as a terrorist group. Crocker, author of the Reagan Administration’s disastrous South Africa policy of “constructive engagement,” first outlined the CFR game plan in a 1980 article for Foreign Affairs entitled “South Africa: Strategy for Change.” 

 • Due to U.S. bludgeoning, South Africa signed the Nkomati Accords, the Lusaka Accords, and the Namibia Accords, all of which involved the abandonment and betrayal of South Africa’s most important military allies: Savimbi’s UNITA guerillas in Angola, the RENAMO forces in Mozambique, and the South West Africa Territorial Forces in Namibia. 

 • On January 28, 1987, Secretary of State George Shultz (CFR), in a high-profile event, met in Washington, DC with the ANC’s top terrorist, Oliver Tambo. That night, Tambo declared to Ted Koppel (CFR) on ABC’s Nightline that he and Shultz had come to a “meeting of minds” and shared a common goal for South Africa. 

 • On February 5, 1987, M. Peter McPherson (CFR), director of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced a Reagan Administration pledge of $93 million in new aid to Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. These Marxist “front line” states were involved in deadly guerilla warfare against South Africa and provided sites for Soviet-backed terrorist training camps. 

 • The Clinton State Department admitted last August that it was assigning U.S. personnel to train bodyguards for Mandela and other ANC officials. It had no comparable program for Zulu Chief Buthelezi or other South African leaders who are far more vulnerable than ANC leaders to assassination attempts. 
 • On July 5, 1993, David Rockefeller hosted a dinner for top corporate executives to honor Nelson Mandela and raise funds for the ANC election drive. ANC Foreign Secretary Thabo Mbeki praised Rockefeller as a longtime friend who has “backed the ANC financially for more than a decade.” 

 • Barely two weeks prior to the South African elections, an international coterie of “mediators” led by Henry Kissinger (CFR) descended on Johannesburg to undermine the demands of Zulu Chief Buthelezi and to confer the Insiders’ benediction on Mandela and the ANC.

Rhodes’ Legacy
Certainly some of the most strategic “pressure from above” has come from inside South Africa itself, which is hardly surprising considering that many of the Insider groups we have been discussing can trace their genesis to that South African Insider of fabled wealth and power, Cecil John Rhodes. With Rothschild and J.P. Morgan money, Rhodes became the worldwide king of diamonds and gold in the latter half of the 19th century. But years earlier, while a student at Oxford, he had become a disciple of Professor John Ruskin, a revolutionary utopian socialist. (Ruskin wrote in his own newsletter, “For, indeed, I am myself a communist of the old school — reddest also of the red.”) According to Rhodes biographer Sara G. Millin, “The government of the world was Rhodes’ simple desire.” Rhodes established a secret society called the Round Table and used his vast fortune to promote his Ruskinite plans for socialist world government. His Round Table progeny include the CFR and its corresponding sister bodies now operating in most of the major powers of Europe and Asia. 

Rhodes’ mantle was transferred in the early 1900s first to Ernest Oppenheimer, and then to his son, Harry F. Oppenheimer, who holds the reins to one of the largest and most powerful financial and industrial empires the world has ever seen. The Oppenheimer kingdom includes the vast resources of the enormous Anglo American Corporation, the de Beers diamond cartel, the Minorco conglomerate, Highveld Steel, and hundreds of diversified companies encircling the globe. 

Like fellow Insiders David Rockefeller and the late Armand Hammer, Oppenheimer has always been cozy with the communists. For 40 years his Anglo American Corporation has held strategic gold and diamond sales agreements with the Soviet Union. Oppenheimer has been a longtime supporter of the ANC and was an early and powerful voice calling for the release of Nelson Mandela. 

In 1985 Oppenheimer sent Anglo American chairman Gavin Reilly and other business leaders to Zambia for a meeting with Oliver Tambo and other senior ANC officials. This provided an enormous boost to the ANC’s prestige and credibility. Oppenheimer’s controlling interest in Argus Newspapers, South Africa’s largest newspaper group, has enabled him to shower the ANC/SACP with an incredible propaganda windfall. His Oppenheimer Fund annually pours millions of dollars into radical causes. According to South African journalist Aida Parker, Oppenheimer’s conduits have poured 320 to 350 million rand into the ANC since 1985 and have given the PAC more than 50,000 rand in the weeks leading up to the election. 

Naturally, Oppenheimer is a key player in Rockefeller’s global CFR network. For many years he has been a leading figure in the South African Institute for International Affairs. Like his American and European counterparts, he has used his position, power, and pelf to betray his country and advance the diabolical designs of the new world order. The Oppenheimer influence, together with strategic pressure from the U.S. Europe Rhodes network, explains many of the suicidal and otherwise inexplicable policies and actions of the National Party (NP) under F.W. de Klerk.

“Conservative” Sellout
Like leaders of the Republican Party in the United States, the de Klerk coterie in Pretoria knows how to strike a conservative posture while actually selling out all South Africans to the ANC/SACP reds. A few examples serve to illustrate a long chain of perfidy: 

 • On September 26, 1992 de Klerk and Mandela agreed to outlawing Inkatha members from carrying their traditional weapons — spears and knobby sticks — but did not require ANC armed units to refrain from carrying their traditional weapons — AK-47s, grenades, and other high-powered weapons. 

 • In November 1993, de Klerk’s National Party and the ANC agreed to the merger of the ANC’s military arm, the terrorist Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), with the South African Defense Force (SADF) into a new National Peacekeeping Force (NPKF). The results have been frightening. As Ray Kennedy reported in The European for April 22-28, the ANC’s members at the NPKF training camp near Bloemfontein “distinguished themselves with nights of drunken rampaging when they hurled abuse and threats at white instructors from the South African army and broke out of the barracks. And in its attempt to quell a firefight between ANC supporters and Zulu hostel-dwellers this week, wild shooting ensued, in the course of which a press photographer was killed.” 

 • The NP/ANC Goldstone Commission was a predictably one-sided affair. Judge Goldstone was the only judge acceptable to the ANC — because of his pro-ANC leanings. Goldstone demonstrated his ANC bias earlier this year when he issued a report to the ANC before issuing it to the government. The Commission’s charges that the SADF was arming Inkatha death squads was reported as fact around the world. 

 • The Independent Election Commission (IEC) set up by the NP/ANC negotiators and headed by Judge Johann Kriegler was a farce, as expected. Kriegler, a founder of the left-wing Lawyers for Human Rights, is pro-ANC and the entire IEC became a full-employment program for ANC cadres. 

 • The blatantly pro-ANC/SACP constitution was constructed by the ANC’s Secretary General Cyril Ramaphosa and the NP’s Constitutional Development Minister Roelf Meyer — with the help of Harvard’s Roger Fisher (CFR) and other Insider internationalists. It amounted to an abject surrender of the government by the NP to the ANC. But it was presented to South Africans by de Klerk and company as a great negotiation “victory.” 

 As always, it is the revolutionaries in silk ties at the top who are the most dangerous.