Sisters and Brothers, Patriots of Free
Today for the fourth time since our
popular Revolution of March
13 I have the pleasure on behalf of our Revolutionary Government, and
of our vanguard party the New Jewel Movement to extend to you all our
compliments of the season.
More than any of the preceding three
years, we see many more of
our relatives, patriots overseas, returning home for Christmas.
We welcome them with all of the warmth
that characterises a true
homecoming because they have come in this season with an abundance of
towards family, friend and homeland.
We are happy that you have returned home
to share this time with
us, we are happy that you will have the opportunity of seeing for
the remarkable transformation of our beloved country in which our
people are by their own hands laying the basis for a secure future for
themselves and future generations.
As you move around and you see the great
emphasis being laid by
our government and party on the establishment of proper infrastructure
telephone, buildings, and most of all our new International Airport
be clear to you that we are building together today to enjoy tomorrow.
We take this opportunity also to send warm
greetings to the many
hundreds of our people overseas; to our students studying abroad who
preparing themselves diligently to assume their rightful place as
the New Society; to the patriots who serve our peoples interest in our
and embassies spread around the world and to the internationalist
our midst who continue to selflessly serve our Revolution and thus
the bonds of friendship among our peoples.
However, notwithstanding the progress
which we have made, and
while recognising the great effort and sacrifice made by so many of our
people, achieved by the patriotic unity of many sections of our
society, let us
honestly accept that much more is yet to be done.
In our society today, despite the progress
made there is still a
great deal to be done before we can enjoy Christmases in which every
have a full well nourished stomach, in which the vast majority of our
enjoy the season with the confident knowledge that their essential
Christmas while being traditionally a
period of abundance, is
also a time for critical reflection; a time when we must five moments
serious reflection to the burning question of Peace and Goodwill.
Individually and collectively what have we
done for the active
promotion of Peace and Goodwill among men?
As a people to what extend have we created
the conditions for the
growth of our unity, for the deepening of our resolve to work together
unjust problems of poverty, discard unemployment, and eliminate
complacency, and waste [f]acing us?
Over the past four years we have
worked to solve these
problems, to eliminate these negative social attitudes.
The answer is there in every programme of
the Revolution where
we can truly see structural attempts to create a more just society with
united, conscious and determined people.
But comrades goodwill and peace within a
society are not products
that we should label for Christmas only and [unclear] forget.
Instead they are the result of consistent
and determined efforts
to ensure justice, to guarantee for every Grenadian their natural right
that our homeland offers.
The era that we live in is one that
requires the intelligent and
reasoned unity of an educated people working hard knowing full well in
interest and for whose benefit we labour.
It requires the steady effort and
sacrifice of building together
knowing full well in whose image and in the name of what future we
Comrades, Christmas is a time when people
the world over
celebrate the birth two thousand years ago of one who devoted his
for Peace and Understanding among men.
But, this Christmas 1982 is a time when,
more than ever, the
tidings of Peace and Goodwill should Deeply preoccupy our minds because
our world hang dark clouds casting nuclear shadows on our future.
Insane men are seeking to preserve
outdated imperialist dreams at
all cost including the existence of Man himself.
So let us reflect on this terrible
prospect and remember the many
struggling millions the world over whose sincerest wish is for a just
As women and men of goodwill, as
revolutionaries, let us spare a
moment for our sisters and brothers of South Africa, Namibia, El
Palestine who seek peace but receive in return persecution and no
Let us especially remember our brave
sisters and brothers of
Revolutionary Nicaragua harassed on many borders by forces of
and denied the luxury of a peaceful season.
Comrades, our history has taught us that
Peace is the final reward
for determination and the product of justice and in spite of all
we celebrate this
Christmas with the
confidence that a world at Peace is possible, that genuine goodwill
absence of exploitation of man by man is realizable and must be
With this conviction, on behalf of our
Party and Government, I
wish you all a happy reflective and constructive Christmas.
LONG LIVE PEACE, FRIENDSHIP AND GOODWILL!
LONG LIVE THE GRENADA REVOLUTION!
FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER!