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September 25, 2007

Grenadian Hospital Bombed With "Surgical Care" WASHINGTON, Oct. 31-The De- fense Department said today that at least 12 people were killed when a United States Navy plane bombed a civilian hospital in the early hours of the invasion of Gre- nada last week. [. ... ] Until today, American military officials had been saying they knew of no civilian casualties any- where in Grenada. American troops were said to be using "sur- gical care" and "limited force" in taking strong points. Destruction to buildings was reported to be minimal. The New York Times November 1, 1983 Let Us Be Remembered Representative William S. Broomfield of Michigan, the rank- ing Republican [on the Foreign Affairs Committee), said the med- ical students returning from Gre- nada had been "very elated" at the intervention of American NACLA Rportupdate . update . update . update forces and, as a result, the action could prove to be "one of the United States' finest hours." The New York Times October 28, 1983 "When history is written on this," Rep. William S. Broomfield (R-Mich.), the committee's senior Republican, said of the invasion, "they will look back and say this was one of the United States' finest hours." The Washington Post October 28, 1983 Andean Eupansion Documented "Apparently, more people here in the States knew the story of the [Catholic] father than in Nicara- gua," Levison remarked. The let-down was followed, Levison recalls, by "a sense of isolation," as the helicopter carry- ing Father Febretto hovered above the little village of San Jose de Cusmapa in the Nicaraguan Andes. The Miami Herald August 13,1978 How's That Again? WASHINGTON, Dec. 2-Presi- dent Reagan said today that he had killed legislation requiring that he report regularly on human rights conditions in El Salvador because the reports might actu- ally invite rather than discourage death-squad violence there. "If we have this thing of having to certify every few months to the Congress in order to get this aid," Mr. Reagan said, "there are people, both on the left and right, who know that if they step up the violation of human rights-the murders and so forth so that we can't certify -they, from which- ever side, are helping to win their battle against the democratic Government." Jan/Feb 1984 CHILE ISN'T POLAND BUT LABOR IS RESTLESS The New York Times June 19, 1983 Whose Side Are We On? A marine platoon leader shout- ed an order [to the journalist] to halt. He checked identification, then smiled and asked for help. "We just got here last night," he grinned. "Can you please tell us what the f--- is going on." After our brief explanation he hesitated and asked again: "Is the Grenadan Army on our side or theirs?" [....] A young white marine officer brought a black trooper to [the commanding officer] at one point, suggesting the soldier was origi- nally from Trinidad and therefore could help "with the native lan- guage." Grenadans speak English. The Washington Post October 28, 1983

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