Thursday, September 09, 2004

Caribbean Blues

Hurricane Ivan has devastated the Caribbean island of Grenada.

It's interesting to look back at the U.S. invasion 21 years ago. I remember the invasion being controversial, but remember feeling that it was relatively insignificant on the scale of the cold conflict with the Warsaw Pact.

I tend to be an apologist for CIA anti-communist activity during the cold war. Now, in retrospect, our cold war covert actions really don't look very smart (Iraq, Iran, Chile, etc.). Still, those were the days, eh? Remember when our enemy was large, monolithic and possessed self-interest?

Anyway, let's hope that the U.S. will help rebuild the island that it invaded two decades ago.

Another Caribbean island, Montserrat was rendered largely uninhabitable by a volcanic eruption in 1995. The United Stated took in about 300 refugees who then started new lives here. Now, the U.S. government, as a "consequence of 9/11", wants to chuck them out of the country. I say, as long as they have productive lives here, they should be allowed to stay. It costs us nothing and makes us look good.

Bush does it again. He never misses an opportunity to turn a friend into a foe.

Actually, Bush probably doesn't even know about this personally. He's probably never heard of Montserrat. You see, he also never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to learn something new.

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