United States imperialism and national liberation in Namibia

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University of Dar es Salaam
Imperialists do not give up easily and gladly their colonial, possessions. In the face of the rising liberation forces aimed at colonialism racism, imperialism and to liberate the resources and labour of the oppressed people, imperialists threaten to use all the might of their military machine, finance capital, information monopoly, and diplomatic skills to deprive the coloniazed people the right to freedom, sovereignty human dignity and to subjugate then to their foul interests. The oppressed people are threatened with dire consequences if they attempt not to acquience. The revolutionary struggle in Namibia led by SWAPO is thorn in flesh of apartheid regime in South Africa and their imperialist allies. It evoked a desperate and aggressive response from the racist South Africa and her imperialist cohorts especially the United States. In the face of the rising liberation forces joint strategy was formed by South Africa and the United states. That strategy was aimed at obstructing the Namibian independence or to bring about a neo-colonial solution to the Namibia question. This is what we have proceeded to analyse in some dept both in terms of examining the definition of the problem and in terms of assessing the success of the U.S. policy of constructive engagement. Our research proceeded by giving the historical background to the Namibian problems. We have looked at U.S. interests and foreign policy towards Africa, Southern Africa and Namibia. Special attention was also given to the actual behaviours of the United States at the United Nations. An assessment of U.S. policy towards the decolonization process of Namibia was made. In our examination we have come to the conclusion that with the diminishing of colonialism on the African continent the United States has tried to take over the mantle of former colonial powers. We have also observed that the U.S. has an economic, political, strategic and cultural interest in Namibia. In defence of these interests the United States has blocked all U.N. efforts to make South Africa withdrawn from Namibia. The United States has been consistently collaborating with South Africa in commercial, political and military fields. All these have encouraged South Africa to continue with her intransigence and defiance of the international Community, which called upon it (S.A.) to ruling its illegal occupation of Namibia. South Africa and its Imperialist cohorts used the delaying and postponement of the Namibian independence to intensify the exploitation of and depletion of Namibia's resources. They have also used that opportunity to find an alternative to SWAPO and to reconstruct the Territory in their terms. Thus, the Namibian question can be solved through implementation of U.N. Security Council resolution 435 for which the, material conditions in our own view no longer exist. Alternatively the Namibia issue in our own view has to be settled through the intensification of armed struggle.
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Imperialism, Namibia-politics and government, United States, Foreign relations
Kanyemba, S. S (1987) United States imperialism and national liberation in Namibia, Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at ( )