Thursday, December 22, 2005

Comic, in more ways than one

But this is also profoundly depressing, for anyone who knows about the role that the 1983 US invasion of Grenada played in destroying the popular revolutionary government established by Maurice Bishop in 1979.

Let's hope the US never gets to drop propaganda comics on another rebellious Latin American country...


Blogger Rob said...

I thought that a lot of Grenadans had turned against the government following the coup lead by the Corad faction. I mean William Blum himself wrote in Killing Hope:

'There was, however, the supreme irony that most of the people of Grenada welcomed the invasion. In addition to the conservative minority who knew that the "socialist" experiment would now be decisively put to rest, there were the greater number who were overjoyed to see the murderers of their beloved Maurice Bishop receive the punishment due them.'

Whilst the propaganda comics are always disturbing I wonder how much the invasion really did to defeat the revolutionary movement, one imagines Corad's administration can easily be seen as counter-revolutionary.

5:27 am  
Blogger maps said...

True, but the US intervention killed any hope of Grenadans reversing the counter-revolution.
The coupsters would have been a lot easier to defeat than the might of the US military. From the little that I've read on the subject the situation still seemed salvagable before the US invaded.

An interesting question is whether the abolition of capitalism through the expropriation of all important businesses and big property owners by the government would have made a difference in preventing the coup and then the invasion.

1:14 pm  

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