Stiff was a Superintendent
in the BSAP during the bush war, and has
written extensively on conflict in Southern Africa, ranging from the Rhodesian
war, the final struggles in South West Africa prior to Namibian independence,
and the collapse of Zimbabwe as seen in the farm occupations with the first
genuine hint of a successful political opposition in Zimbabwe.
"The Rain Goddess" (Jacaranda Press, Salisbury, 1973) had as its
selling point the cover note "On our first day in the Rhodesian army, the
Major said we should read The Rain Goddess, because that is how the war is . . .
and that is how it was." All Rhodesian actions are legal, justified, and
often regretted - certainly when compared to terrorists opposing the rule of
law. Many of the terrorists are at least able to regret their actions, but feel
that they have no choice - once a terrorist, the only way out is death or