Dear Residents of the USA:
Thank you for caring enough to intervene in the internal affairs of other sovereign nations in order to stop mass murder. Thank you for the lives that you have saved at the incalculable sacrifice of your sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters. My words are an insufficient expression of the gratitude that I feel, but thank you none-the-less.
You are not obligated to save the lives of people of other nations, and you do not intervene in all countries that desperately need military intervention, but thank you for when you have intervened.
I believe that nations should not interfere with the internal affairs of other nations, and should respect their sovereignty and territorial integrity. I do not believe that any nation has the right to violate another nation’s sovereignty in order to bring relief to citizens suffering under a leader who is corrupt, and has mismanaged the country’s finances and social services. That is an internal matter for the citizens to resolve. However, some leaders see their citizens as their property, to torture and murder at will.
When leaders begin to mass murder their citizens, then those leaders should become illegitimate and the United Nations should remove them. Unfortunately, the United Nations is not effective at removing despots, so generations of people continue to suffer.
Human beings are not property, as African slaves were legally defined some 200 years ago. All human beings are our brothers and sisters, and they are not somehow less valuable just because they have the misfortune of living under an oppressive regime. Every oppressed person has the right to expect to be liberated.
Being liberated must be a wonderful feeling. In neighbouring Grenada, despots executed the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet, and massacred some civilians in 1983. The governments of Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, and St. Vincent responded by informally asking US President Reagan to join them in a coalition of the willing in order to liberate the people of Grenada. The USA only agreed to participate after these nations made a formal request. President Reagan then convinced the American public to support the intervention, by explaining that the operation included securing the safety of American medical students at the university in Grenada.
I followed that operation with interest since Barbados was used as the staging area for what was called Operation Urgent Fury. I remember when it was all over, and President Reagan subsequently visited Grenada, that the Grenadian people were so elated that they wanted to change their national anthem to the US national anthem – such was the temporary exhilaration of being liberated, and I felt their joy.
I have subsequently read publications that criticised the USA’s involvement in the operation. I understand that the US has meddled in the affairs of other nations and has supported despots who have committed mass murder. That is clearly wrong. However, I have visited Grenada many times and regardless of the US Government’s motives, Grenadians are generally happy that the US participated in their liberation.Many people have misgivings about the war in Iraq. However, that invasion sent a message to depots and potential despots worldwide that sovereign borders will not be respected if they start to mass murder their citizens. It should be noted that people living in developing countries, under leaders with little accountability, can potentially be one election away from despotism.
Thank you again for caring.