Worldwide Political Unrest

Published: 1972
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Announcer: The Arabs were having some problems of their own. Egypt's relations with the Soviet Union turned sour and Cairo expelled its Russian military advisors. Nonetheless, President Sadat kept insisting that war with Israel would come.

War did come to the border between Tanzania and Uganda. An exile attempt to regain control from Ugandan President Idi Amin, even as he was expelling Asian residents.

The aftereffects of the Indo-Pakistani War continue to plague that subcontinent. The new national anthem of Bangladesh, the newest nation there, was sounded.

Announcer: A national anthem, sung proudly; but refugees streaming back into the former East Pakistan found destruction and death.

Unknown Speaker: "We walked across a carpet of human bones; the whole area was covered in -- in human remains with the skeletons of -- of young men, mostly young boys, and we gathered that the Punjabi colonel common in that town had made it a practice to shoot ten to a dozen young men every day, often for no reason at all."

Announcer: Christian Aid Director David Smithers a visitor to a land beset not only by war, but also by poverty.

The Philippines felt nature's lash, as well as political upheaval. A typhoon ripped the islands, and then martial law was imposed because of what President Ferdinand Marcos saw as the threat of Communist subversion. Despite the crackdown, the President's wife became the target of an assassination attempt.

Chile had political strife, too. Between Salvador Allende, the first popularly elected Marxist president in the Western Hemisphere, and those Chileans willing to go along with particulars of Allende's program.

The recalcitrant Chileans had their counterparts in the U.S. Congress, a Congress which battled the Administration through most of a political year.