I see that on Sunday October 20th you had a special issue because two leftists had written to lament the death of Bishop on October 19th 1983.
The first, Jai Parasram of Trinidad, claimed to be a friend of Bishop’s and to know everything that went on in Grenada. In fact, he only knew what Bishop chose to tell him. Did Bishop tell him about the electric torture machines he had imported from the Soviet bloc? Did he tell Parasram that his torturers would insert the wand inside men’s anuses before delivering the electric shock? Many have been maimed for life and others have died before their time because of the injuries they received. Did Bishop tell Parasram that he had put hundreds of Rastafarians in a labour camp called Hope Vale, where they were forced at gunpoint to cultivate food crops for the soldiers of the People’s Revolutionary Army, thus making him the first person to bring back slavery in the Caribbean since 1834?
Parasram is so consumed with hatred for the Americans who saved us that he makes almost no mention of the actions of Bernard Coard and his followers. In fact he even goes so far as to accuse the Americans of putting Coard against Bishop! Clearly he doesn’t know much about Coard if he can swallow such a far-fetched conspiracy theory.
I was, unlike Parasram, here in Grenada throughout the revolution and American invasion. I myself was not happy about the Americans using the medical students as an excuse for invading. Clearly they had a more important agenda, to prevent the completion of a runway that could accommodate Mig fighter jets and other military aircraft. This would enable the Soviet bloc to have control over the important sea lane that passes between Grenada and Trinidad, where oil tankers from the Middle East were carrying oil to the West Coast of the USA, through the Panama Canal. That would give the Soviet Union a stranglehold over the USA. Reagan would be a fool to stand for that. So I don’t know why the US could not come right out and say why they invaded Grenada. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
It has to be admitted, however, that about 600 American students WERE isolated on their campus on an island where the most bloodthirsty slaughter had just been committed by ideologically brainwashed Grenadians who had been trained in the Soviet Union. Clearly not a happy situation and one that those students did need to be got out of. The students themselves were understandably alarmed, anxious, even terrified.
I can assure Parasram that the bulk of the Grenadian population was mightily relieved when the Americans came. There was a sense of a lifting of a huge burden of fear and anxiety. I never once heard ANYONE speak negatively of the Americans. There were plenty of signs that the populace welcomed them with open arms. The only criticism I heard came from foreign leftists like Parasram, who were “invited” to leave the island.
Parasram writes, “No Grenadians welcomed the Americans because of a dislike of Maurice.” Now tell us just how you know that Parasram? Sitting over there in TT, you KNOW that? Wouldn’t an election be the only way to tell who was for Maurice and who against him? Isn’t that what elections are for? And did not Maurice promise us as he spoke on Radio Grenada on March 13, 1979, having taken power by the gun, that he would hold free and fair elections in six months? And four and a half years later were we not still waiting for those elections? And were we not being told by then that “the people don’t want elections”? And isn’t the only way to know what the people want, to hold an election? Clearly, by that time, with the revolution falling into disrepair, like our roads, it was Bishop who didn’t want elections.
And as for the second leftist, Marcia Braveboy, what kind of journalist is she? She writes of the “stink boots” of the soldiers who killed Bishop. How do you know they stank Marcia? How poetic is your licence?
If you were to confine yourself to writing RELEVANT things that you KNOW about, we might take you a little more seriously.