The famous Prime Minister of Rhodesia (from 1964 to 1979), Mr Ian Smith, has often said "We were never beaten by our enemies - we were betrayed by our friends". Today, South Africans can also echo his incisive analysis: We have never been militarily defeated by any enemy. At the 75th Anniversary of the South African Defence Force in 1987, we could proudly declare that the SADF had never been beaten - it had an unbroken record of victory. Most recently against the Cubans in Angola.
Yet we need to also add the second part of that statement: We have been betrayed. Betrayed by our supposed allies in the West. Slandered and sanctioned by those for whom we had sacrificed to serve and assist when they were under attack. We may have fought for the British, French and American cause in the First and Second World Wars, but when we were attacked, they sided with Soviet supported terrorists - granting vast financial aid to the ANC.