The October 1983 invasion of Grenada by a final total of approximately 6,000 U.S. marines, paratroopers, and Rangers, supported by heavy artillery, tanks, and the most sophisticated weaponry, occurred in the context of social and politcal history. It was in a direct line of continuity with the more disturbing aspects of that history. It, simultaneously, marked an important turning point. To the extent it added another to the more than 135 direct U.S. military interventions in the Caribbean and Latin America over the last century, it represented no more, and no less than "business as usual."
"Grenada: History, Neocolonialism, and Culture in the Contemporary Caribbean,"
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