Military: Departure of the Peacekeepers

Departure of the Peacekeepers

The departure had the gloomy comic overtones of a Graham Greene novel. The last 68 soldiers of the U.S. peacekeeping force were leaving Grenada, accompanied by Jeeps, weapons and their mascot, an island mutt named Butch. As a tropical rainstorm poured down on the Cuban-built Point Salines airport last week, the Royal Grenadian Police band bravely played The Star-Spangled Banner, and Grenadian Prime Minister Herbert Blaize presided over a truncated farewell ceremony from the back of his sedan.

Point Salines airfield was the focus of the Oct. 25, 1983, invasion of Grenada (pop. 90,000), which involved 6,000 American troops and left...

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