Worldwide reaction continued to run strongly against the U.S. invasion of Grenada yesterday, with European allies and socialist governments alike criticizing the move.
Only staunch allies such as South Korea and Egypt refrained from criticism, with Seoul calling it "inevitable" and Egypt saying it was legitimate under the U.N. charter. The right-wing government of Guatemala expressed "preliminary support" for the invasion.
Peter Boenisch, spokesman for West Germany's ruling coalition, said, "Had we been consulted we would have advised against the intervention." Former chancellor Willy Brandt, speaking as president of Socialist International, said U.S. condemnation of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan now "loses credibility."
Mexico said the invasion creates "new dangers" for peace in the region and the Dominican Republic, site of a similar U.S. invasion in 1965, denounced it. Hundreds of students in Santo Domingo demonstrated against the invasion. There were also anti-American demonstrations in Belgium and the Netherlands.
An Argentine Foreign Ministry official said the invasion raised a "very grave situation" and appeared to presage a U.S. move against Nicaragua. China condemned the invasion as a "bullying" act and a "gross violation of the U.N. charter and the basic norms governing relations between states." Vietnam called it "brazen aggression."