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The Other End of the Lifeboat

The entire world knows that South Africa is one of the most strategic regions in the world from naval and land viewpoints. Who controls the Cape of Good Hope controls the sea route between East and West, and the South Atlantic as well. The British knew this. That is why Britain occupied the Cape in 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars.

The land importance of South Africa is based upon its enormous mineral wealth and its highly advanced mining and industrial technology. Many of the minerals in which South Africa is rich are crucial to the maintenance of America's defenses. Without these, the US might find it impossible to defend itself.