The Caribbean: Calypso Challenge

The very idea that a British frigate might be bringing a landing force to storm the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla sounded like the plot of a preposterous comic opera set to a calypso beat. But to Anguillans, the three-month-old revolt that took them out of the British-sponsored federation of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla is no joke. All week armed guards patrolled the white beaches, awaiting attack.

At week's end, the invaders were not even under way. Members of the "peacekeeping force" were still squabbling among themselves; the British frigate they were supposed to...

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