|(It is worth noting that the website,
OF RHODESIA" states that this book "Includes a section on
the supposed use of BW material in Rhodesia" - the vital word there
is "supposed"). More
unbiased research would readily admit that Rhodesia, aided and enabled
by South African support, used biological warfare as an important part
of its struggle, and marked the first use of such warfare following the
Second World War.
This was less for any immediate military
effect - although by killing the livestock that might then instead have
been eaten by the guerillas this would clearly have slowly led to a
weakening of support for rural Africans, but as part of the Rhodesians'
increasingly desperate efforts to change the psychological balance in
the war, to turn rural African supporters of the struggle against
combatants, by blaming the guerillas for the spread of disease. Indirect
proof of the Rhodesian forces' use of biological warfare was that the
diseases - anthrax and cholera - occurred only in the TTLs, and in none
of the adjacent while-owned farms. People in Zimbabwe continue to die
from the effect of the anthrax spores.
Initially, the Selous Scouts were
responsible for the first CBW actions, but it seems that other
units may also have become involved.
link will take you to more information on the Rhodesian/ South
African CBW programme.
Cholera has once again broken out in Zimbabwe - the almost complete disintegration of
medical facilities, running water, and practically any state-run
sanitation programmes doing nothing to eradicate the disease, or prevent
it spreading throughout the country, and across the neighbouring
borders. In The Herald,
13/12/08, the Zimbabwean Minister of Information and Publicity,
Sikhanyiso Ndlovu described the epidemic "as a calculated attack on
Zimbabwe ... a serious biological chemical war force ... a genocidal
onslaught on the people of Zimbabwe...by the unrepentant former colonial
power which has enlisted support from its American and Western allies so
that they invade the country".