By JP Miller
Remembering Operation Urgent Fury
GRENADA. America’s message was clear – any move toward true democracy would be met with maximum force. 1983 (Philip Jones Griffiths, Magnum). Reagan’s little war, baptized with a typical Orwellian moniker, Operation Urgent Fury, should have been called Operation Super Bully.
Thirty years ago this past October 25th, the Caribbean island of Grenada was invaded by the United States. The subsequent military actions, involving over 7,000 US troops, led to hundreds of casualties including Grenadians, resident Cubans, US soldiers, and Regional Security System soldiers (RSS) from neighboring islands. Once on the front page of every newspaper, Grenada, the island of spice, has been driven back to anonymity by the passage of time and the economic woes visited upon most small Caribbean islands that depend on tourism for survival. However insignificant in today’s discussion of US hegemony around the world, the invasion of Grenada was the first of the post-Vietnam imperialist wars and provided for a testing ground for weapons and policy. Continue reading »