An American veteran of the Vietnam was has arrived in Rhodesia on a mission to defend Christians from guerrilla action.
MV Giles Pace addressing press conference in Salisbury.
GV Umtali missionary buildings-(library film).
MV Press taking pictures of bodies( five shots).
CU Mr. Pace speaking.
MV Mr. Pace speaking.
MV Pressmen listening.
GV Mr. Pace holding up flag as he speaks.
GILES PACE: "There is no possible way that the guerrillas can get in there and hurt the members of the congregation as they're going to Church. There is no human way possible. This has been tried and proven. The North Vietnamese could not overrun it."
PACE: "We feel, through the World Council of Churches contributing aid directly and indirectly to the communist guerrilla forces, through their church offerings and so on and so forth, channelling in, in turn has given these guerrillas comfort, security, morale-boosting.......in turn they go out and slaughter innocent people. And this is not Christianity;and this does not represent the spectrum of Christianity. Our Church and many other churches in the United States, of various denominations, disagree with this wholeheartedly. And we also disagree with any missionaries, any missionaries, giving aid and comfort directly to the communist guerrilla. You got to remember communist guerrilla. You got to remember communist is anti-Christ, communism is at atheism,and any country the communists take over, the churches no longer exist. They are our natural enemy. In general, we wholeheartedly disagree with giving aid and comfort to any type of communist guerrillas- which some of these groups have been doing. And I believe they've been doing it without the knowledge of the congregations back in the United States. If these people who give the money to the, in the baskets it's passed around Sunday, knew that some of this money was going to guerrillas that was bayonetting babies, and taking Africans and putting them in huts at 20 and 30 at a time, and throwing gasoline on them and burning them up, this is not Christian. And this is the flag that we're going to fly. And we're going to keep flying until we die. And that's going to be basically it."
Describing the Rhodesian people as "cannon fodder" for the Soviets, Mr. Pace said his force was prepared to do, with a fraction of the money and resources, what the Governments concerned did not have "the guts" to do.
"We don't believe in any liberal watered-down Christianity", he said. His force would give hot pursuit until it caught guerrillas, even if it had to cross the border into Mozambique. It was also prepared to shoot any guerrillas on sight.
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Background: 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.