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Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "The Question of South Africa"

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Taped on March 13, 1974. This was the first appearance ever of Mr. Vorster on television, and Mr. Buckley doesn't start him off easy: "I should like to begin by asking the Prime Minister whether, as almost every account of his background in America and elsewhere notes, he was in fact during the war pro-Nazi." Vorster: "No. I can definitely say that it wasn't a question of being pro-Nazi. I was anti-British...." Buckley: "So that in fact to deduce from that that you were pro-Nazi would be as incorrect as to deduce that we were pro-Communist because we were on the side of Stalin." Vorster: "Quite.... I was pro-Afrikaans." Then on to the present, with the Prime Minister impressively discussing his country's policies on press freedom, comparative standards of living in different parts of Africa, and whether you can have a successful multi-racial society. Vorster: "I take it what you do mean in fact-- maybe you were too polite to say it--is that it is said we are in fact a police state." Buckley: "It's certainly said. Certainly, yes." Vorster: "If that is the case, then it's the only police state that I know of where you must do your level best to keep people out; because as it happens at the moment, we have thousands and thousands of illegal black immigrants in this country and we can't get them out."
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Product Details

  • Actors: B.J. Vorster
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA)
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ANCWNS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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B,J. Vorster was prime minister and later State President of the Republic of South Africa back during the days of apartheid. Buckley asks Vorster many difficult questions and Vorster does his best, in his own combative way, to answer them and to defend the quite indefensible practice of apartheid. It's a fascinating look at a dark period in South Africa.
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Very impressive interview, love the way Vorster absolutely stunned Buckley at 42:20.
He spoke of a topic far ahead of his time, amazing insight.
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