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Grenada has been a sovereign state since it was given independence by Britain in 1974 … The United States invades the nation of Grenada. Cold War Armageddon s1e7, 2016
Grenada we were told was a friendly Island paradise for tourists. Well it wasn’t. It was a Soviet/Cuban colony being readied as a major military bastion to export terror and undermine democracy. We got there just in time. Ronald Reagan, televised address
Without any prior warning American marines landed on the tiny commonwealth island of Grenada. 1983: The Brink of Apocalypse, Channel 4 2008
An invasion was essential to US security. Lars Schoultz
The immediate hostility aroused by the ‘progressive social programs’ of the Bishop government in 1979. Lars Schoultz
You have to separate two things: one is the safety of Americans and the second thing is the right to invade another country. Now even if it could be proved that the American students on the island were in danger, and that is very much disputed by everybody and by the students themselves … President Reagan’s concern was to overthrow the government of Granada. Christopher Hitchens, interview C-Span
The Grenadans have known for a long time that an invasion was coming. ibid.
The United States as it happens didn’t have much interest in or concern with Grenada until Maurice Bishop and the revolution of 1979 – that was under the Carter administration … Carter’s hostility took the standard pattern – it’s always two-pronged: military and economic … By 1983 Reagan invaded. Noam Chomsky, lecture 25th October 1993
Invasion of Grenada: Operation Urgent Fury October 1983: Troops face a determined enemy. Can US forces win in this Cold War confrontation? Combat Zone: Operation Urgent Fury, Discovery 2007
October 25th 1983 5.30 a.m.: In the skies over the eastern Caribbean several hundred army rangers … are packed into transport planes. ibid.
Grenada: the Americans are pulling out, the invasion mission accomplished. In the capital life gets back to normal … but there’s still the problem of reconciliation because the men now wearing blindfolds were yesterday the men in charge. TV Eye: US Invasion of Grenada, Thames TV 1983
The days of the revolutionary government were over. ibid.
A population of 110,000 people. ibid.
The price of peace is roadblock vigilance. ibid.
The Americans called their invasion of Grenada Operation Urgent Fury. ibid.
October 19th: that was the day that prime minister Maurice Bishop was killed by rivals in the revolutionary government. ibid.