This article was originally published in the Macon Telegraph and News on August 23, 1990 and is republished here for readers of HaciendaPublishing.com.
Editor: Mr. Randy Cain of Avera discussed several ironies involved in the U.S. foreign policy towards Angola, but he unfortunately left us with an incomplete picture of the situation in that embattled nation.
Though it is true that the United States has been helping Dr. Jonas Savimbi's (photo, right) freedom fighters with $10 to $15 million in aid annually, Mr. Cain neglected to mention that the USSR has provided the communist regime of Angolan dictator Jose Eduardo dos Santos $4 billion in military aid between 1975 to 1989, keeping the dictatorship afloat. The Angolan Army is over 100,000 strong and supported by 1,500 Soviets and a remaining Cuban force of 20,000 to 30,000 troops. Despite massive communist bloc aid, the regime controls very little of the countryside.
The southern region is controlled by Dr. Savimbi's pro-Western, 60,000 freedom fighters of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). This land, which the Portuguese formerly referred to as "the end of the world," now Unitaland, has been called "the most impressive guerrilla zone anywhere" with schools, highways, hospitals, etc. The stamina of Dr. Savimbi and UNITA is undisputed.
During 1973-1976, UNITA was almost annihilated by the combined onslaught of communist forces, which included Angolan and Cuban troops, Eastern Europeans advisors, and Soviet rockets and gunships. Dr. Savimbi was pushed into the bush, where he completed his march with only a few dozen rebels only to come back, victory after victory, with one of the most formidable and disciplined guerrilla forces in the world. Mr. Radek Sikorski (National Review, August, 1989), no friend of UNITA, stated that if fair elections were held in Angola today, Dr. Savimbi would almost certainly win.
Unfortunately, along with black leader Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi (photo, left), leader of the 6 million-strong Zulu Inkatha movement and rival to Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Dr. Savimbi has been conveniently ignored by our openly biased left-wing news media.
Thanks to Mr. Cain for opening this discussion and giving me an opportunity to bring this information to the readers of the Macon Telegraph and News, so that the situation in Angola can be evaluated within the proper perspective.
Written by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Miguel A. Faria is a neurological surgeon in Macon, Georgia.
This article was printed in the Macon Telegraph on August 23, 1990.
This article may be cited as: Faria MA. We must do more for Savimbi. Macon Telegraph, August 23, 1990. Available from: http://www.haciendapublishing.com/randomnotes/we-must-do-more-savimbi
Copyright ©1990 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD