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b201st Motorized Rifle Division. An eyewitness spoke of crowds bshouting “Colonialists!” Tadzhik is one of several Muslim Asian brepublics in the USSR where both religious and nationalist bproblems persist. The others are Uzbek, Kazakh, Azerbaidzan, bTurkmen, and Kirghiz.

bAt the jubilee session marking the fiftieth anniversary of the bSoviet Union, President Brezhnev spoke of Soviet achievement in b“completely solving the nationality problem in accordance with bLenin’s principles.” Any hope the Soviets may have of evolving b“one Soviet people” from all those whose nationality, language, breligion, and culture differ is surely already understood to be a bdelusion. Indeed, Brezhnev himself admitted as much in his bKremlinesque jargon when he added: “Nationalistic prejudices, bexaggerated or distorted national feelings, are extremely btenacious, as they are deeply embedded in the psychology of bpolitically immature people.” In far more honest words: There bis a serious nationality problem in the Soviet Union. It, along bwith any Chinese effort to retrieve the “lost Chinese territories” bseized by the czars, could drive the Soviets to acts of desperation bthat might lead to a world war.
 

bThere are many other examples of the drive for separatism bbecause of “difference.” There is the tribalism of Africa and that bof the New World, and the qualitative differences are less than bthey would seem to be.

bIn Africa blacks clash violently with whites in southern bAfrica and then turn on the Asians, who pose an economic bthreat to them. It was not only mad Idi Amin who expelled his b28,000 Asians. In 1976 the moderate State of Malawi began to bexpel its 20,000 Asians. It was “statesman” Julius Nyerere of bTanzania (and on his island of Zanzibar, Africans slaughtered btheir Arab former oppressors). And in the wake of the Soweto briots in South Africa, the Washington Post (June 27, 1976) quoted ban Asian storekeeper who had been wiped out by rioting and blooting: “We got caught in the middle. The blacks took out their bfury on our property because we’re not black. The police didn’t bprotect us because we’re not white. What can we do? It’s like bthat for us all over Africa.” Differences. White, black, brown. Dif- bferences and the need to be separate.

bAnd in Africa it is the tribalism of Nigeria, where a Muslim b 

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