A Whale of a Fight

When U.S.-led forces invaded Grenada in 1983, troops from six other tiny Caribbean island nations were right behind the Americans. Last week, at a highly contentious International Whaling Commission meeting in London, Grenada and four of its former invaders — Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines — stood side-by-side with Japan in angry skirmishes with the U.S. and its anti-whaling allies over the future of the earth's largest mammal.

Amid allegations that Japan had bought the votes of the five island states, as well as those of St. Kitts and Nevis and...

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