I want to thank Stephanie Gandy, the graphics department, and Bill Little, chairman of UPBEAT Lectures for helping to make Otto Scott's lecture on South Africa a success. I want to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to
listen to one of the most important lectures given at UOP this year.
Most UOP students probably haven't heard of Otto Scott before and that's because the major news media haven't recognized his genius yet or if they have, then they've simply chosen to discount or ignore it because he wears a Christian and conservative suit which of course isn't fashionable in some leftist circles. Be that as it may, Mr. Scott has a reputation as an excellent historian and writer. He has spent many years researching and analyzing the current situation in South Africa. His book "The Other End of the Lifeboat" explores this in depth. He is a senior of the Conservative Digest Magazine and writes articles for The Chalcedon Report published by what Newsweek magazine has called a major "Think tank" in America. That's probably one reason why Mr. Scott has chosen to write for them.
Now what did you miss concerning this lecture? First, apartheid according to Scott is a smokescreen. The major news media have done an effective job in spreading its propaganda by trying to make apartheid the real issue. Most of the evils of apartheid, according to Scott, have been abolished. In other words its not a black or white issue at all. The Blacks in South Africa have a far higher standard of living than the blacks in any other part of the continent. The African National Congress (ANC) isn't interested in justice. They want a bloody revolution. The ANC is a Communist backed terrorist organization seeking to over throw a legitimate Christian Republic. Mandela and her cohorts are determined to spread their gospel of liberation by revolution and murder by means of their necklaces. Ask your history or political science teacher what a necklace is. If they won't tell you then ask me.
Scott wrote his book because he is concerned about the survival of his country, the United States of America. He said he didn't think most Americans realized that our survival as a nation and a people rely upon our maintaining good relations and especially trade with South Africa. As he put it, "Without South Africa we will have to do without a military establishment, without an oil refining industry, without a chemical industry, without being able to make any new planes, tanks, or ships. Without being able to maintain our electrical industry, or our transportation industry." That's saying quite a lot. Forget about a nuclear war. The Soviet Union knew there was never going to be a nuclear war. How would that benefit them? No, the Communists have a much more sophisticated plan. Let them who have eyes and ears to see and hear perceive this plan and help counteract it if you can.
Here is some more relevant information. Scott says in one of his taped lectures how Robert D. Wilson, director of the Office of Strategic Resources has called the attention of Congress to the fact of how critically important South Africa's minerals such as platinum, chromium, maganese, and cobalt all are to our industrial base and defense system. Wilson informs us that "Chromium is used to produce stainless full alloy and high strength low alloy steels, and electrolitic chromium metal. These materials in turn are used in the production of tanks, ships, military, hospital equipment, naval nuclear propulsion systems, B-1 landing gear and other industrial equipment. Platinum is used as a catalyst in electrical and electronic applications, as a chemical catalyst in petroleum distillation and in dental and medical applications." He goes on to say, "For most of these minerals close substitutes do not exist in a number of applications. For some, substitutes are available but can only be used with a reduction in product performance or an increase in cost. A disruption in this supply of these minerals would affect the United States chemical, electronics, power equipment, iron and steel, petroleum refining, manufacturing and transportation industries. Punitive sanctions against South Africa would not only harm the blacks and whites of South Africa but also the economy and national security of the one United States."
Now, there are many professors and students who would dispute this just as there are many who would dispute the reality of the physical world. Understanding that as Scott said, "These individuals live in a mental world as remote from ours as Mars." Such people are not all from UOP. They come from John Hopkins University and other prestigious centers of learning where the hypocritical shrills of "divest" and "impose sanctions now" can be heard.
Scott in one of his taped lectures points out, with a touch of sarcasm, the ignorance of our national leaders. "They have one eye on the next election and the other on the media. They can't believe they can win one without the approval of the other. They (our Congress and Senate) cringe at the thought of defending a distant regime that is the target of those wonderful believers in political rights in the Kremlin, in Havana, in Managua, in Peking and other places beloved by the media."
Although I'm thankful for the 35-40 people who attended the November 4 lecture in the UC Theater, I believe there should have been 2-3 times that number present. If you're upset about missing this important lecture because you didn't know about it, you can thank your teachers for not telling you about it. The Political Science Department should have known about it.
Incidentally, where were the faculty members? Forgive me if I didn't see you but I didn't see you there. One would think that a message like Otto Scott's should have interested at least a few departments like the political science, the history, the economics...you get the picture.
It is interesting to note that the many faculty members who didn't attend Scott's lecture did attend Mhkondo's, the black journalist who spoke on South Africa at World on Wednesday in October. Don't these faculty believe in hearing two sides of a story? But I should have known. Anyone who would ban Otto Scott from speaking at World on Wednesday, which is what I understand happened, surely must be afraid of something. Could there be fear of the truth? As Matthew Henry once said "Truth seeks no corners though sometimes it is forced into it."
Scott was right. South Africa is crucial to America's freedom and survival. I guess most UOP students either don't care or don't really believe this. Is this issue too far removed from you? Believe this, unless we start getting more involved with what is happening in the world, we may find someday that we don't have a world (at least a free world) to get involved in.
Carl D. Pruitt
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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