GRENADA: Let Them Eat Bananas

The Caribbean island of Grenada has always been too good to be believed. With its beautiful beaches, verdant mountains, balmy climate and charming Old World atmosphere, it was "the one small island," Novelist Alec Waugh once wrote, "that provides everything a preconceived picture of the tropics has led a visitor to expect."

Waugh's words now sound ironic. As it celebrated its independence last week after 324 years of first French and then British rule, tiny Grenada (pronounced Gre-noy-da) and its two sister islands were wracked by disorder and threatened by civil war....

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