by Stephen Francis Montagna
With the recent deaths of the repressive white rule happening in South Africa, along with the civil disobedience and violent protests, and the lethal rivalry occurring among many different black organizations taken place during the following years, and after the years of fitful negotiations, Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress won the freely held democratic elections, thus enabling him to drive the white ruling party of the National Party of F.W. deKlerk from office and control over the struggling African nation.
For a few past years, South Africa enjoyed the new black administration leadership. Meanwhile, the white ruling party who once enjoyed total power over South Africa for many years was given minor positions in the new African Administration. The National Party was left pretty much intact, only as a token of reassurance for the wealthy white minority in an attempt to create national unity in the country. But the years of constant bickering between the black organizations of the National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress along with the Inkatha Freedom Party rapidly weakened the Mandela Administration from all sides.
Many party threats of acrimonious successions and dissension from within, coupled with political assassinations and murder, tore the controlling party of South Africa apart. Many prospective rivals for president when Mandela stepped down in late 1999 did their part to weaken the already weakened African National Congress. This fighting shook the confidence of many citizens of South Africa, and it further opened the door for certain white supremacists to restart their forward march to power over South Africa again.
The ANC or the African National Congress failed in its attempts to produce some of the promised and needed improvements in the standard of living for the poor black population of South Africa. The serious lack of real economic growth and the unequal divisions of the vast wealth of South Africa to the poor blacks of the country, lead to renewed rioting and lawlessness in the streets in late ‘96, and throughout ‘97 and into ‘98 in South Africa. The president in waiting also attacked President Nelson Mandela’s failed rule relentlessly, further weakening his power base among his people, until he became nothing more than a figurehead to the entire country while still ruling over South Africa for the time. President Mandela could do little if anything to control the terrible black on black violence occurring in his rapidly disintegrating country, as many of the rival tribal leaders fought each other for the new positions of power over their own sections of power over South Africa. Many knew that is was only a matter of time before Mandela finally stepped down.
The black government of South Africa was aware of the massing army being assembled in their sister country of Namibia on the South African, Namibian border, but they were powerless to do anything about them at this present time. This was due mainly to their much weakened state of affairs, both in militarily and diplomatically of South Africa. No one person was able to control, or get the military of South Africa to organize properly in order to help protect the country from attack by this new threat, that was now menacing their country as a whole.
Eagle One was the code name given to the recently elected President of the United States, during his pending military operations inside South Africa. Eagle One was informed at all times of the current situation facing the shaken and weak South African government, a close ally of the United States at this present time. The American President was bound by his honor and duty to intervene in some of the current events that were soon going to tear the very country of South Africa apart from within, and from without of the country’s own borders as well.