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Lebanon and Grenada


Last Updated: Thursday, 27. May 2004 22:26 -0400

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In 1979, a coup, driven by the revolutionist Maurice Bishop, ended the governance of Grenada by the former regime, only to establish a communist society. Under the rule of Bishop, Grenada began the building of an international airport with the help of Cuba. Reagan had to establish a case for U.S. invasion of Grenada, so seven months before the operation began, Ronald Reagan said to this airport and several other sites evidenced the probable threat posed by Grenada. Reagan accused Grenada of constructing facilities to aid a Soviet/Cuban military force accumulation in the Caribbean. bishops government was soon overthrown in a massive and bloody coup. The combination of a bloody seizure of power by a Marxist group within the U.S. "sphere of influence" and the presence of almost 600 American medical students combined to convince the United States to act. The USA had also just suffered the loss of 240 Marines in a suicide bombing of their barracks in Lebanon on October 23.

Operation Urgent Fury was an invasion of the island of Grenada by forces of the United States of America and several Caribbean nations. The ordeal began on October 25, 1983, when the United States armed forces landed on the island of Grenada. They were opposed by Grenadian and Cuban military units. Fighting continued for several days and the total number of American troops reached some 7,000 along with 300 troops from the assisting neighboring islands of Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. They encountered soldiers and advisors from various countries including about 1,200 Grenadians, 780 Cubans, 49 Soviets, 24 North Koreans, 16 East Germans, 14 Bulgarians, and 3 or 4 Libyans. By mid-December, the American troops withdrew after a new government was appointed by the governor-general.

alright... as far as impact on life in the decade goes, i am kinda guessing... but here i go.

I believe the incident in Grenada was a small stepping stone in a line of many American interferences in foreign countries. It was relatively minor, (with only 19 deaths out of the entire force of some 7,300 (that is combined carribean and U.S. troops) however, for once, it was one we were asked to step into. The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States asked for our help, so for once, we were not just doing it because it was what we felt was right; there was that too, but we had actually been asked this time. I think that it had very little, if any impact on life in the decade.

The extended impact of this affair was again, like the rest of our imperialistic ventures, to set the portion of the world who did not approve of our imperialisticity even further against us.