Thank you, Mr Benjamin, for the information you so willingly shared in your letter.
There are certain incontrovertible facts surrounding October 1983 Grenada. Fact: Grenada was in a state of chaos and confusion.
The intervention/invasion/rescue mission/intervasion/rescuvasion happened and that is accepted. In the atmosphere of fear and uncertainty, Most Grenadians were relieved that something was done on October 25, 1983.
Now that the dust has settled, the ongoing challenge is clearing the air on what happened on, before and after both October 19 and 25.
To be fair to the Americans, and as someone who understands a bit about public relations, they needed a narrative to accompany the invasion.
Part of the narrative – for US audience – was the need to act because of the “military airstrip" at Point Salines, Soviet “expansion" in the region, and “rescuing" of US students at St George’s University.
The narrative for Grenadians was the “invitation" from Governor General Paul Scoon and Caribbean leaders to “rescue" Grenadians from the RMC people who had killed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and imposed a nationwide curfew.
Most American no longer run those stories or try to put a PR spin on October 25, 1983.
They’ll simply admit that they wanted to get rid of the communists who took control of Grenada in 1979. And, if an opportunity had presented itself while Bishop was alive, they would have come right in and did the same thing.
The real issue is among Grenadians who hold on to whatever narrative they first believed, even if it is unable to stand up to logic, reason and common sense; even when “new" or “different" information – such as may be the case in your letter – is presented.
To hold on to unchanging positions, especially in politics, is highly valued in Grenada; and to question seemingly “popular" beliefs is almost heretical. You just may have become an heretic, and be on the receiving end of complaints, accused of having “an agenda", because of the “truths" you shared in your letter, situated in Trinidad in 1983 and a member of the Grenada Democratic Movement.
The problem in finding truth is made more dire by foreign “travel writers" who travel to the country for a day, a few days, a week, and then proceed to write the “definite truth" about Grenada, the revolution, the New Jewel Movement and the People’s Revolutionary Government.
With every passing year, 1979-1983 becomes more and more a footnote for children born in the last few decades. Certainly, most would be able to say there were a revolution in 1979 and an invasion in 1983.
Other than that, there is nothingness for them. To a large extent, they are being miseducated and kept in ignorance by not having access to real insider documented information from people like you; from former PRG ministers; former Grenadian soldiers; former diplomats; workers; young pioneers; and others.
I must check with the Grenada Informer on some of those articles you wrote in the past.
By the way, Benjie, our paths have crossed. The last time, I believe, was in April 2010 on an evening LIAT flight from Piarco International, Port of Spain, to Maurice Bishop International Airport, St George’s.