This is what the reader wrote:
I enjoyed the latest team white very much. Both of you are excellent analysts. As for black soldiers, I remember an NBC documentary on Africa in the late 60’s, and one British officer said ‘The African is probably the worst fighting man in the world.’
I also recall a book, Congo Katabu by a Belgian in the Congo. He spoke of the chaos of independence, and yet he, with only one arm, was approached by some Congolese soldiers at a checkpoint, ready to rob him, and he called them to attention and ordered them to stay at their post, and they did so, surprised at this man’s authority. They were used to having someone order them around, and seemed ready to fall back into those habits.
He always said a major failing of the whites was they lost their sense of superiority, and blacks sensed whites wouldn’t try to keep them in check, and blacks could sense the weakness of liberals and outside (UN) types.
Many of the soldiers and people, after independence, kept running around shouting ‘dependence!’, when they meant ‘independence.’ The author, JeanClaude Allet (I think), didn’t hate blacks. He thought they had admirable qualities and their primitive life was understandable considering the Congo, but thought they were easily misled by politicians and foreigners, and they certainly shouldn’t be running a country.