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To those who say derogatory things about colonialism, I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing.
The Great Betrayal: The Memoirs of Ian Douglas Smith, Africa's Most Controversial Leader
First published in June 1997

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