OK, I’m ready and willing to carry this out

This 1976 cartoon by Edmund Valtman shows the white Southern Rhodesia Prime Minister Ian Smith (left), talking to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (right).  Under Smith’s leadership, Southern Rhodesia declared its independence from Great Britain in 1965. Only after international economic sanctions brought the country to the brink of disaster in 1976 did he reluctantly accept a plan proposed by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and British Prime Minister James Callaghan to transfer power to the black majority within two years. However, it took a number of years before the country became fully independent under its new name, Zimbabwe.

Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, drawing by Edmund S. Valtman, LC-DIG-ppmsc-07961

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