New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
War jarring contrast to Grenada's beauty
EDITOR’S NOTE — AP Caribbean News Editor Dan Sewell was one of the few American reporters to visit Grenada and write about its mounting turmoil before the military coup and U.S. invasion. He spent a week on the island in July, and was one of the first reporters to return last week. This is his impression now.
By DAN SEWELL Associated Press
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada — The first glimpse of this lush little island from high in the sky is like seeing a jewel, an emerald set off by the brilliant blue of the Caribbean. It s an unlikely setting for bloody war.
The military plane lands hard on the 9.000-foot Cuban-built runway, eight miles south of the capital. The asphalt stretches for nearly two miles, according to some, so jumbo jets crammed with money-waving tourists can land there. Others says it is that long to accommodate big transport planes bringing weapons from Cuba
When the airplane doors pop open, heat rushes in. Temperatures are in the 90s. the sun is intense and the humidity is high But this airstrip is on Point Salines, once one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, and occasionally a waft of cool sea air brings a moment of relief.
Men in fatigues point the way toward waiting trucks or vans, past the reinforced-concrete shell of what was to have been a terminal building. I People on Grenada seem to think the Americans will finish the terminal, but there’s no official word on that i
All around the tarmac are more soldiers, most of them busy, a few standing idly. A Cuban-made truck captured in the Get. 25 invasion by U S Marines arid Army paratroopers rolls by with a grinning GI at the wheel
The ride into St. George's, the capital, is even bumpier than the landing The potholed road winds past a crushed armored personnel carrier. Three Cubans were found dead inside, and then the wreckage was simply shoved to the side of the road into the banana trees.
Outside town, much of the refurbishing the government did before reopening the Grenada Beach Hotel in August ha> been wiped out by bombs Rolled barbed wire blocks the entrance to the Ross Point Inn. probably the best restaurant on the island Top U.S. officials have claimed it as sort of a
makeshift American Embassy.
In St. George’s, the first look at the small harbor — the "carenage” it is called — can be breathtaking. The dark green hills, dotted with pastel-painted Georgian-style homes, seem to plunge right into the double-horseshoe Caribbean basin where small boats bob on the soft waves.
Ten boys wearing shorts laugh and yell and take turns leaping from a concrete wall into the warm, translucent water, seeing who can make the biggest splash.
A young man eyes American soldiers going house to house looking for weapons. "Hey, man, they’re doing good things," he says.
"This has been really good for our young people," says Genty Jacobs, a hotel owner whose nephew is Grenada’s ambassador to the Soviet Union. "With all the propaganda they thought America was all white colonialists. It was good for them to see all these black Marines and let me tell you if they ever let these Marines on the loose on this island a lot of our girls would be very happy."
Indeed, a few blocks away a gaggle of teen-age girls stare and giggle and whisper at a group of young Marines. True heroes, they act like they don't notice the girls. One of them asks how the Steelers did last weekend.
At Fort Rupert, the Grenada army headquarters where Prune Minister Maurice Bishop and his closest followers were executed Oct. 19, a soldier from Barbados offers a tour.
In the courtyard, a bullet-deflated basketball lies under a hoop In one corner, the soldier points to a pile of stinking ashes and says it is the remains of six bodies that had been burned w here they fell.
Back in the main part of town, a boy with a finger pointed like a gun runs up to a reporter. He aims and hollers, "American white man! Pow! Pow !" The old men chase him away.A Gift to the
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Lebanon leaders seek niche in Arab world
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — Leaders of Lebanon’s warring factions debated their country’s role in the Arab world today, the third day of reconciliation talks, conference sources said.
The delegates opened the working session with a discussion of the cultural and political heritage of their country, including its “Arab identity."
A conference spokesman announced Tuesday the delegates had agreed to form a committee to submit proposals on defining Lebanon's nature and determining how it fits into the Arab world.
The question of identity for lebanon, with its diverse religious and cultural communities, goes to the heart of the
divisions between Western-oriented Christians and their more Arabconscious Moslem compatriots. The differences have caused years of political instability.
On Tuesday, Syria pressured the Lebanese government of President Amin Gemayel to renounce a troop withdrawal pact with Israel as a first step toward reconciling Lebanon's warring factions.
Conference sources said Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam of Syria denounced the May 17th accord in a morning session and then met Gemayel privately to hammer the point home.
Beirut radio said Gemayel tried to
convince Khaddam to concentrate instead on constitutional reforms and the broader issue of removing both Syrian and Palestinian forces from lebanon.
A cease-fire agreement on Sept. 26 included a call for the reconciliation conference. The cease-fire was supposed to end three weeks of Druse-Christian fighting in Lebanon’s central mountains, but it has been broken repeatedly.
Israel, which has occupied much of southern lebanon since last year’s invasion, has warned the lebanese government against strapping the withdrawal accord. Syria has rejected the accord because it grants Israel political and security concessions.
23-cent letters eyed for 1984
WASHINGTON (API - It will cost 23 cents to mail a letter and 15 cents to mail a post card by this time next year, if the U.S. Postal Service can win approval for the proposed increase.
Saying it is back in red ink after running at a surplus for two years, the Postal Service said Tuesday it wants to erase the deficits by raising the price of mailing a first-class letter from 20 cents beginning next fall — Oct. I at the earliest.
Postmaster General William F. Bolger said the agency will ask the independent Postal Rate Commission "within the next few days" to approve higher mail rates.Letters 3 cents for 26 years
WASHINGTON (AP) - From July 6. 1932, until Aug. I, 1958 — more than 26 years — the cost of mailing a letter first
class didn’t change. It was 3 cents.
The jump from 3 to 4 cents in 1958 triggered a steady, escalating series of price changes that finally reached 20 cents two years ago, on Nov. 1,1981.
Now IIk1 Postal Service wants to increase the first-class rate to 23 cents by next Oct. I.
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