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#1 Oct 28, 2021 12:38 pm

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New Historian, where were you?

I was disappointed that you made no comment on my attempt at alternative history writing.  I think that, with only a few tweaks, this could very well have turned out to be the actual events of 19 OCT 83.

Real Distwalker wrote:

St. George's Grenada, October 20, 1983 (AP): Yesterday Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was released from house arrest in the Grenadian capitol of St. Georges.  Mr. Bishop was first taken to Market Square were he was expected to speak to supporters but was, after just a few minutes, redirected to the Cuban encampment at Point Salinas where a new airport is under construction.

Within an  hour of Mr. Bishop's release, armored vehicles manned by members of the island's People's Revolutionary Army (PRA) left Fort Frederick high above St. Georges and sped through the narrow streets of Grenada to Pt. Salinas.  Speculation in the capitol was that the Central Committee of the Politburo, now being led by Bernard Coard, had ordered the PRA to re-arrest Bishop.   

At the gate to the new airfield the PRA vehicles were met with what has been described by witnesses as a "well laid ambush" by Cuban forces.  The PRA vehicles were quickly destroyed and the troops manning the vehicles were killed. No survivors have been reported.

Three hours later a Cuban armed convoy took Mr. Bishop to the transmitter of Grenada Free Radio where the prime minister spoke to the nation. Mr. Bishop said that a coup d'etat against the government had been attempted but had failed.  He said that, with the assistance of Cuban forces, Mr. Coard, his wife and allied members of the Central Committee associated with the plot had been placed under arrest and were being held at Richmond Hill Prison.

While addressing Grenadians, Mr. Bishop said that he had just finished a telephone call with President Fidel Castro of Cuba and had received Mr. Casto's commitment to ongoing support of the people of Grenada and the Grenadian Revolution.  Mr. Bishop declared October 21st to be a national holiday and day of general thanksgiving.

In the United States, a Reagan Administration spokesman said that the administration hopes that this event fosters closer relations with the island nation now that the criminal hardliners in government have been removed from power and placed under arrest.

While armed Cuban military vehicles can be seen stationed at strategic locations around the island, the mood among the people has been jovial. Last night in St. George's, tens of thousands Grenadians loudly celebrated the failure of the coup with music, dancing, food and drink into the early hours of the morning.  Students from the St. George's University School of Medicine joined the celebrations.

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#2 Oct 28, 2021 4:58 pm

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Re: New Historian, where were you?

I've been traveling pillar to post lately with sporadic access to data, plus pesky work, plus spending lots of quality time with my kids up this end. Oh how I wish your alternate history had been written in fact. Perhaps if Bish hadn't been on a self imposed hunger strike he would have been clearer in his thoughts. As it wa he was a passive pasenger in the unfolding train wreck. sad

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#3 Oct 29, 2021 10:45 am

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Re: New Historian, where were you?

Busy, busy. smile

Had my version of history been reality, it would have been better for Grenada in the short run but I am not so sure in the long run.

1983: Bishop becomes Maximum Leader with personality cult propped up by Cuba.

1984-1990: Grenada continues to struggle along, destabilized by the US and supported by Cuba.

1990-1992: The USSR collapses.  Cuba loses support from Soviets and Grenada loses support from Cuba.

1993: Opposition parties gain power, unrest, calls for elections, strife, violence, collapse.

1994 to present: Same path as currently on but a decade behind.

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#4 Oct 29, 2021 8:23 pm

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Re: New Historian, where were you?

Real Distwalker wrote:

Busy, busy. smile

Had my version of history been reality, it would have been better for Grenada in the short run but I am not so sure in the long run.

1983: Bishop becomes Maximum Leader with personality cult propped up by Cuba.

1984-1990: Grenada continues to struggle along, destabilized by the US and supported by Cuba.

1990-1992: The USSR collapses.  Cuba loses support from Soviets and Grenada loses support from Cuba.

1993: Opposition parties gain power, unrest, calls for elections, strife, violence, collapse.

1994 to present: Same path as currently on but a decade behind.

I don't think your alternate history is far off the mark.

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