An American veteran of the Vietnam was has arrived in Rhodesia on a mission to defend Christians from guerrilla action.
An American veteran of the Vietnam was has arrived in Rhodesia on a mission to defend Christians from guerrilla action. Mr Giles Pace claims he has a mainly-American force of at least 300 men who want to go to Rhodesia to fortify mission stations and prevent further massacres. At least 36 missionaries have already died in the country's guerrilla war, and Mr. Pace says he hopes to win Rhodesian Government approval of his plan. The volunteer force, all Christian, is reportedly backed by the Rev. Paul Lindstrom, a rightwing activist who heads the Chicago-based Church of Christian Liberty.
At a press conference in Salisbury soon after his arrival, Mr Pace said his force was not a mercenary one and being unpaid, would rely on local people for food, supplies and arms. The men would set up defensive positions based on those used by American Special Forces camps in Vietnam- as he explained to the journalists with the aid of diagrams.
SYNOPSIS: It was the massacre at the Elim Mission Station in Umtali last June that prompted Mr. Pace's crusade. When the volunteer fighters saw pictures like these of the 13 victims , they got so heartsick, Mr Pace says, that they decided to act. Now they plan to establish their first fortified mission school on this very spot.