Why did Britain betray white Rhodesians and instead choose to back communist rebels? Why was British decolonization in Africa such a disaster?

Pay particular attention to what Ian Smith (the Prime Minister of Rhodesia) says at 4:41. His ultimate goal was for the “white man and the black man to go on living together in perfect harmony for their own mutual benefit”.And yet for some reason Britain (and the rest of the world to a lesser extent) saw him as an unfit leader and instead backed armed communist rebels instead that later ran the country to the ground under dictatorship.

And not only that but as the video explains around 3:17 black Rhodesians volunteered for the Rhodesian army and even OUTNUMBERED their white counterparts by 7 to 1. So this notion of “white supremacy” so commonly toated around is misguided.

Things were clearly better for the black population in 1975. And they had a leader back then who by his own words never intended them any harm.The armed rebels weren’t an oppressed population. They were nothing but opportunists who wanted power for themselves. After all that’s what their actions showed. When they later went on to steal land from white farmers, the land wasn’t given to landless black peasants but rather to political elites as the country’s food production noticeably declined and farms became highly unproductive.
Why did Britain betray white Rhodesians and instead choose to back communist rebels? Why was British decolonization in Africa such a disaster?
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