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I don't find yours so special. Look at the picture of Bishop , Manley and Ortega as they scout around the island of Grenada. Bishop is now dead, assassinated by bastards, ( Manley died of cancer and Ortega is still alive and is the President of Nicaragua). Look at the picture of the old woman and how admiringly she looks a Bishop. You could see that many were found of him and his ideals. Look at the pictures of the assassination itself. It is in a blurr but I've never seen one like it. The ones you sent are so trivial and regular!
The ones you sent are so trivial and regular!
In December 1983, my unit had established a helicopter landing zone near Grand Anse Beach and the Carifta Cottages. I had been on the island for several weeks and nothing much was going on. Carifta Cottages had been hit fairly hard during the initial invasion and most of the buildings were damaged. The rest were a mess. While scouting the area I found a box containing books and other items in a drainage ditch.
First, I recognized a copy of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. I was particularly thrilled as I had a strong desire for something to read. I also found some anti-American pamphlets published in Moscow. One was called “The CIA’s Secret War.” It was a fascinating read as it asserted that the Jonestown Mass Suicide in Guyana was actually a CIA mass murder. It further claimed that Jim Jones had lost all interest in religion and he had established a Utopian socialist state. According to the authors, the CIA could not allow Jones to continue down a communist path so they murdered him, all his followers and made it look like a mass Kool Aid suicide.
There were a few other sundry items in that box including two expended rolls of undeveloped 35mm film. I tossed them into my rucksack and got busy reading Cosmos.
I brought the books and the film back to Fort Bragg and basically forgot about them until a few years later. Then, while in college, I took a photography class and decided to develop the film. To my surprise, the film contained photos of Maurice Bishop, Unison Whitman and various scenes from the Revo years. This being the late 1980s, I really had no way to publicly share them so I put them away. Finally in 2002, I posted them on the Internet for the first time and found there was lot of interest in them. I also discovered a residual cadre of people who supported the Grenadian Marxist coup of 1979 and still fondly remember it today. Those individuals were extremely angry that I was in possession of those photos. Of course they are now available to the world and would not have been had they stayed long in the ditch exposed to the weather. I have since given the original negatives to a Grenadian associate who formally assisted Bishop in the years prior to the coup and the Revo.
They may be nothing special but the only reason you have seen them is because I preserved them.
Some of the pictures I found in Anthurium Magazine showed the commanderie between three leaders who shared the same ideals: Bishop, Manley and Ortega. I have never seen that picture before. They show critical history of Grenada as we've never seen it. Fidel is missing from it and he would have cemented the bond. The situation in Grenada was controlled by the CIA. The US -backed organization. It is known to seek out communist activities and crushed them. I am Jamaican and I child of 70s. I am not naïve not to remember the problem it caused in the 70s when Michael Manley sort help from Castro. The propaganda it started incited fear and ignorance on the island. We lost some good people to more industrialized countries. Doing business with Cuba does not mean that a country is going to go communist.
They are very special, and WOW what a place to share them. Man share all what you got. I might be in one of them. Ah wonder if Wilder could also share what she got, right here.