Thirty-two years after the demise of the Grenada Revolution, the restless activists are still trying to hoodwink a large cross section of the population into believing that ideological differences were not responsible for the bloody carnage that took place on Fort Rupert.
“Project Grenada” has apparently provided a platform for the once feared Central Committee (CC) members of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) who were aligned to Bernard Coard, to prance about and try and peddle the line that the two top leaders in the party had the same ideological genes.
This is a whole lot of hogwash and need to be exposed at every turn and corner so that the young generation do not fall for typical classic communist propaganda.
At the height of the political crisis back in 1983, those CC members who identified with Coard used the then Radio Free Grenada to brand Bishop as someone who was not able to make the transition from Socialism to Democratic Centralism – a principle that is the hallmark of a true revolutionary communist.
After the executions of Bishop and three government ministers on the fort, the radio station blasted the late Prime Minister as a counter-revolutionary who had joined up with his bourgeois and petite bourgeois friends to try and liquidate the true People’s Leaders (The Coard Gang of Prisoners).
However, thirty-two years later the same elements who were responsible for mass murders in Grenada are trying to raise their ugly heads due to a perceived political vacancy in the ranks of the opposition.
A man in jail will do or say anything to obtain his freedom and the written words by some CC members at the Richmond Hill prison will continue to haunt them.
THE NEW TODAY is urging all Grenadians especially the young people to run far from any of the leaders of the 1979-83 Grenada Revolution who are now seeking to push the line that there was no ideological differences between Bishop and Coard and to see the perpetrators as having some kind of a sinister plan.
“The Missing Link” which was written from behind the bars at the Richmond Hill prison by CC Member John “Chaulkie” Ventour paints a picture of an ideological battle being waged for the correct path to be pursued by the Grenada Revolution.
It is clear that a majority of CC Members who were aligned to Coard preferred the Soviet line of Democratic Centralism involving majority rule of a small clique within the party as opposed to the Cuban brand of Communism which was centered on One-manism in the person of Fidel Castro.
Writing back then, Ventour said the following: “… Without FC’s (Fidel Castro’s) interference in our party’s affairs the dark clouds of tragedy which descended over and engulfed our country on October 19, 1983, would not have occurred. The Grenada Revolution would probably be alive today”.
Ventour pointed at what he called Cuba’s “petty hegemonic aspirations/design” on “our process” was aimed at trying to get the Grenada Revolutionaries to become “very dependent on them.
Anyone who is still in doubt about ideological differences should read this extract from that particular NJM CC member.
“In very improper ways, also … they (the Cubans) tried to change the way in which decisions were historically made by our P(arty) leadership. Our P(arty) had always, from its inception …stressed collective leadership, with Maurice being the first among equals. In that context the strength of all our leaders came to bear; and the weakness of Maurice in making decisions, in strategy and tactics, and in guiding and supervising the work of the P(arty), and later the Revolution, were overcome. (Maurice himself, on more than one occasion, openly admitted to all these weaknesses). In that context (of our collective Leadership), while Maurice was clearly perceived as the Leader, the first among equals, Bernard, because of his particular strengths in the areas in which Maurice was weak was looked toward for leadership, and in practice, therefore, it was Bernard who led the P(arty) in those areas, before and during the Revolution. So it was an informal arrangement; one based on the years of experience in our struggle; and an arrangement which led our P(arty) to glory.
Ventour went on: “In Cuba, however, the form leadership takes in their P(arty) is obviously different: Their circumstances are different; their history is different; and FC (Fidel Castro) is FC (Fidel Castro). In Cuba, FC is the Maximum Leader in all areas.
“In short … Leadership in Cuba was always more personalized, more individualistic, it appears, and to a great extent this is due to the incredible ability of FC. But in Grenada, leadership had always been more collective. This was due to the tremendous qualities of Maurice and Bernard in different areas; and also due to their specific weaknesses. So the emphasis on collective leadership was based on our history, and rooted in our history. “Yet from 1979 and onwards, with ever greater intensity, they (the Cubans) attempted to influence Maurice into adopting FC’s style of leadership; into becoming a FC. But Maurice was never, and could never have been, FC. They were different persons”.
“That interference by Cuba, again in many improper ways, for example FC sending down persons to Grenada to tell Maurice that certain decisions are his prerogative; and that the NJM CC could not take certain decisions, etc., etc., made for and naturally did lead to friction”.
“So Maurice, obviously convinced by those around him that the JL (Joint Leadership) decision was some kind of “conspiracy” to ultimately renounce him as leader, was therefore in the correct psychological state to make a complete break with the historically based collective leadership, and to place himself above the leadership and General Meeting of the Party’s decision”.
These reborn NJM CC members who are once again looking for space on the political stage through “Project Grenada” will never tell the Grenadian people that their leader Bernard Coard was a student of the Jamaican political ideologue, Trevor Munroe of the now defunct Workers Party of Jamaica (WPJ).
It was Munroe who was Moscow’s man in the English-speaking Caribbean and espoused the “Democratic Centralism” principle that was blindly adhered to by Coard and company as opposed to the Maximum Leader cult of Castro and his political son in the Spice Isle, Maurice Bishop.
The October 1983 tragedy in Grenada was a battle between the so-called real revolutionaries of Coard, Liam James, Ewart Layne and John Ventour against the so-called washed out Socialist Maurice Bishop whom they believe could not take the process to the next stage as perceived by those who were in favour of “Democratic Centralism”.
The Coardites will forever hide the truth from the Grenadian people about the true role played by Trevor Munroe, the Moscowite in the 1983 crisis.