Caribbean: Machine Guns in Paradise

U.S. forces arm, and alarm, the Spice Islands

Is it necessary to have so much soldiers in this small country?

No, no, no, no.

Is it necessary to shine soldiers' boots with taxpayers' money?

No, no, no, no.

Well, don't tell Tommy, he put them in St. Lucy

Unemployment high, and the Treasury low.

And he buying boots to cover soldiers' toe.

I see them boots, boots, boots and more boots

On the feet of the young trigger-happy recruits.

—Boots, by Anthony Carter

The "Tommy" of that popular calypso song is Barbados Prime Minister Tom Adams, 53, whose 1979...

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