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#1 Mar 25, 2019 3:58 pm

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After the Invasion

Things in Grenada returned to normal fairly quickly. The US invasion, or 'rescue mission' to be politically correct, was one of those rare cases of a successful American invasion of a small country. In the three days preceding the invasion, Grenadians had been so brutalized that they welcomed any hand which delivered them from the tyranny that had gripped their island.  Grenadians loved Maurice Bishop; they did not love the Marxist-Leninist baggage of his co-leaders.  Ironically, Bishop ultimately lost his life because of that love.

The Americans strutted around in their jeeps, relishing the role of conquering hero.  There was instantly a calypso about all the ways local girls could say thanks to the Yankee soldiers.  Militarily, it was a dream campaign. There had been few casualties, mostly from accidents during the first day, and all their military objectives had been secured with maximum dispatch and minimum fuss. Their officers got battlefield experience - real bullets - and every participant got a Grenada medal, even those who'd never stepped foot on the island.  They loved it.

The Coards and their cohorts were caught and imprisoned, beginning a long, expensive trial and appeal process, which saw the best lawyers from all over the Caribbean being flown in and ensconced at the Ramada Hotel while the Grenada Supreme Court debated the finer points of constitutional law.  Five years and US$35 million later, the 'Grenada 17' were found finally and unappealingly guilty of murder and treason, and sentenced to hang.  Grenada breathed a long sigh of relief.  It would soon be over. 

As the date for their execution neared, bleeding hearts started to beat.  How could Grenada execute fourteen people? All at once? We then had the spectacle of Bernard and Phyliss Coard's daughter, pleading with 'the forgiving people of Grenada' not to make her an orphan by executing both of her parents. With all the pressure from Amnesty International and others, then Prime Minister Nicholas Braithwaite, a retired schoolteacher, wimped out and commuted the sentences to life. I was in Grenada, traveling on a minibus, when the news came out: I’ve never seen a whole nation so VEXXX! Grenadians were livid; they wanted their pounds of flesh. All 17 of them.

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#2 Mar 25, 2019 4:01 pm

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Re: After the Invasion

Yep.  I can't argue with any of that.

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#3 Mar 25, 2019 7:24 pm

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Re: After the Invasion

"Grenadians loved Maurice Bishop, they did not love the Marxist-Leninest"

A leader leads with the support and ideology of his cabinet generals.
When things fail in politics there is no swinging the other way.

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