Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Question of Namibia”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on July 17, 1981, uploaded to YouTube on May 7, 2010.

Guests: Peter Kalangula; Aryeh Neier


Father Kalangula’s organization in South West Africa (a/k/a Namibia) had won an internationally observed democratic election against the Soviet client group, SWAPO (the South West Africa People’s Organization) but faced now the opposition of the Soviet-leaning forces in the UN. Father Kalangula makes an impressive and moving case for his side, as in this reply to the examiner, Aryeh Neier: “You said how it would be difficult for political parties to be in prison during the election. I think it is even harder when you have [two] political organizations, one has a military wing and one has not, and when your supporters are being subjected to murders and abductions–that is even worse.”