Grenada Essay

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The U.S. invasion of Grenada and the fall of its Marxist government can be viewed as part
of a greater regional conflict. This conflict involved the U.S. and it’s Central
American and Caribbean allies on one side and Fidel Castro’s Cuba, the Sandinista
government of Nicaragua and Marxist guerrilla armies on the other. President Reagan and
his administration were somewhat worried that the Marxist government of Prime Minister
Maurice Bishop was allowing Cuba to gain influence in Grenada. The fact that Grenada
constructed a military-grade airport with Cuban military engineers really was a red flag
for President Reagan to take charge. Apparently, there were a lot of soviet weapons being
stored at the newly constructed airport.

While we as a nation often have good intentions of helping out countries in need, I do
believe there were some ulterior motives in this particular war. I would venture a guess,
and say that President Reagan made this unwise, and brash decision, largely in part,
because he wanted to take the attention off the 240 U.S. Marines that were killed by a
Muslim suicide bomber in Beirut. Of course President Reagan had his own words to say on
the reasons for such an attack, he told a national television audience “That the
invasion aimed to restore law and order and constitutional government on the island, where
a brutal group of leftist thugs violently seized power last week.” Reagan said the
overriding purpose of the invasion was to protect lives. He was largely concerned with
safety of the 1000 Americans that lived in Grenada. Of the 1000 Americans living in
Grenada about 600 were students at St. Georges Medical School Hospital in the southern end
of the island. Administration officials said that they had not been harmed or threatened,
and were in no immediate danger. This is a very confident statement and partly untrue.
The students would have been in grave danger if they were not rescued so quickly. Think
about how the Marxist leftist thugs would have treated them if they had gotten to them
first. The medical students were a perfect target for terrorist activity. For the
Americans living there, they endured a high degree of anxiety because the new rulers of
Grenada had imposed a 24-hour curfew and had ordered violators to be shot on sight. The
Americans wanted out, and Reagan did come trough for them. They were seized upon arrival
of the 1900 troops.

This war received a lot of attention nationally as well, as internationally. On a
national level Americans were mostly supportive because of the buzz on the Cuban built
airstrip and its hundreds of Cuban “worker-fighters” that were claimed to be
“looming at their back door.”

Americans felt threatened by the soviet weapons being stored at the new “Cuban built” airport in Grenada.
On an international level the U.S. was not fairing so well. Europeans were not at all
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