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Monday, 17 April, 2000, 09:00 GMT 10:00 UK
Elian Gonzalez: Where does he belong?
What do you think of the Elian row? Where does the boy belong?
The fate of Elian Gonzalez was also debated in Talking Point On Air, broadcast on the BBC World Service.
The Ethiopian famine was also discussed on the programme with Judith Lewis of the World Food Programme.
What 6-year-old do you know gets the option of where to live? It is the parent's decision, and the father has decided Cuba. Respect it! It's not your kid to decide.
One person should decide this whole
Elian problem - his father.
Lesley Frost, Zimbabwe
I feel that if the father loved and cared for his as he says, then how come he didn't come to the states back in November 1999 when his son was first found?
Elian should be left to live with his
relatives in Miami. It is disgraceful
of that woman Janet Reno to speak in
the rude way she did on TV. It is an insult to western
Democracy, refugees should have the choice.
They also have the right to protection under
the UN law. Does the US break the UN law then?
Do the rest of you in the world have any idea how embarrassed most of us Americans are about the Elian Gonzalez fiasco? This is lawlessness, and we know it.
Adrian K.M. Nyengella, Tanzania
He belongs with his father. If the Cuban migrants to the USA are genuine in their cause they should unite him with his father rather than treat him as a 'Castro incarnate' and mobilise funds and to better the lot of suffering children in Cuba ...if that is what they think is the case.
Sara Jackson, USA
I feel really sorry for Elian Gonzales. The Americans and Cubans will stop at nothing and nobody for propaganda purposes. Why all this fuss? After all there are very many more Elians in Cuba whose cases could have been highlighted but just because the Americans are not involved nobody cares. I am scared for Elian's future. He was from obscurity and will definitely return to obscurity when all this political dust would have settled.
Does Juan Miguel actually want to go back to Cuba from where many of his country are running? Whatever the case, the double standards of the Americans will forever surface.
Poor Elian, he will go back to Cuba and be forgotten.
I think this child should be reunited with his father and people who disagree with this are totally heartless, they should step into the fathers shoes for a week and see how they like it.
Stelwagen, The Netherlands
Some American people say, "Why don't you let Elian live in a healthy environment". I never heard news about the child murders occurring in Cuba. I think a 6 years old child's destiny must be with his father.
Is it me or does this all seem to frivolous and petty? This is not about the boy, nor Cuba v USA. It appears by the self-interested 'family' to be about them. The report that 'the boy did not wish to travel to Washington, and his wishes must be respected' just seem to shallow and manufactured. I doubt whether anyone has really asked poor Elian what HE wants. I'd have to agree with the psychiatrists who stated that a return to 'familiar' ground - his home and (what is left) of his family are most important. One can only hope that this family feud will be resolved in his interest.
To Graeme: The reason why the people of Cuba are so poor is because Fidel Castro dictates his people how to run their lives! America and any other country has every right to boycott anything that defies democracy, and I think my child's welfare would be much safer in 'urban America' then to have him brought up in a Communist regime where the government can control what he thinks!
If is pleasantly surprising that the vast majority of the world have a consistent view on this case. And as a good by-product it has shown the world American politicians', in this case Republicans', shameless in their political dealings.
Charles Sviokla, United States
Elian should be returned to his father as soon as possible. His so-called family has no right to keep him at all. The fact that our opinion of how Cuba is run is not an issue, Elian knew nothing else before he arrived, at six years of age he knows nothing of politics.
The US enforced illegal embargo on Cuba, just because it won't tow their capitalist line, is why Cuba is economically stunted, but no doubt it is a safer environment to bring up a child, than drug riddled, violent, obese urban America.
What debate can there be about a boy
whose mother has died and whose father
wants to bring him back home ?
No country in the world would deny a father
the right to his son, even if he is Cuban.
Farai D Majuru, Belgium
I hardly believe that the outcome or the details of the Elian Gonzales saga is of any consequence to anyone outside of the immediate actors. In the US, we are bombarded by "news" on this completely irrelevant topic. I am surprised that the BBC would even bother with mentioning it.
America boasts that family is the most important thing to build society. Why then is there such a debate on where should Elian go? Obviously he belongs with his father.
The boy clearly belongs with his father, it is rather simple. Should not even be an issue. U.S. should only welcome him after he is 18 and if he wishes so.
Is this the same Americans who shout for human rights? Amazing! Do they believe that a child should be brought up by relatives rather than his father? Whatever the reasons are, separating a child from his father during his childhood is nothing but torturing the child and a total mockery at human rights
Robert Reel, USA
I think that Janet Reno and all her Clinton friends should leave this child alone where he can have a chance at a descent life. His mother gave her life so her child could have a better way of life than he could have under Castro. I can't believe the U.S. is giving into Castro - John F. Kennedy would never have allowed this form of blackmail to work.
Two months ago I was visiting a Cuban friend in Miami (he left Cuba 5 years ago). He agreed wholeheartedly with me and seemingly the majority of people who have sent messages to this post: Elian should be sent back where he belongs, to his father in Cuba. My friend said so quietly knowing that he would be unable to speak his mind publicly because of the Cuban exiles and their total lack of respect for human rights, freedom of choice and democracy. I think that is it in a nutshell.
Why send Elian back when probably the entire world knows that by him staying here, it will ensure a healthy environment, and a safe environment? It will also ensure this country a very important person, who can become whatever he wants, and possibly play a crucial part in the economy later in the future. Who knows, he may later on be involved in politics and play a role in saving other immigrants. Isn't this something the President and Janet Reno should think about?
Timothy Carroll, USA
I know that everyone's gut instinct is to
reunite the boy with his father but it
is not that simple. If you give the boy
to is father he will be taken back to
Cuba and he will never know freedom.
That is the cold hard fact that no one
seems to want to address. I guess
no one cares about what's right and
wrong anymore, as long as they're
wallets are fat and the economy keeps
rolling along. God forgive us.
This issue is morally complex and is not as simple as it seems. There are two sides to the argument. First is the moral argument that the child belongs with his Father. The second argument is that it was the Mother's dying hope that her son lives in the US.
But if the situation was reversed; What if the child was from the US and found washed up on the shore in Cuba. How long would it take before the US began bombing Cuban cities to force the child's return?
Lets respect natural justice and leave dirty politics out of this charade. The son should be reunited with his father.
Let the boy go to his father. These so-called relatives are behaving exactly as they say Castro does - denying a father and son their inalienable right to be together
The Cubans in the USA are abusing this young child to promote their political opposition with Castro.
Please do not let our emotions hurt this boy.
He belongs to his dad and it is up to the dad to decide where to live with his family now.
I do think that he will have a better life here in the USA.
The family in Florida just wants to make some money from this boy.
They will get a lot of offers for interviews and movie rights, etc so they are only gold diggers in my opinion.
The two parties have lost sight of the fact that their fighting is only doing one thing; hurting poor Elian. Perhaps the parties involved should consider asking Elian if he wishes to stay in the US or go back to Cuba. But when will they realise?
What is all the fuss about? Send the kid back to Cuba and start talking about real world issues such as famine and wars - what a load of nonsense!!
What is so special about Elian?
How about Haitians kids, Somali kids, or maybe Ethiopian kids?
I would like to see USA Republicans stop using this child.
This is not
a Republic Vs Democracy.
Let this child to return his Homeland, where he belongs. He should be raised by his father, not the relatives.
Ok, lets forget that Cuba has an oppressive government and the majority of the people there are in poverty. Let's push aside the fact that many people (mostly Castro) as their little pawn in foreign affairs. With that aside, it is now obvious that Elian should return to his father. But it makes me think, if so many people want to get out of Cuba, why send the boy back in? Cuba's poverty etc. probably would be solved if the communist government were taken away because then the embargo would be lifted. But for now, politics aside, the boy should be back with his father and he can come to the U.S. when he is an adult if he wants to.
Johannes Spoelman, France
The boy's story is a public relations tug of war. The US has been so misinformed and paranoid about Cuba for so long that their foreign policy dealing with this country is dated and silly. The US obsession with communism being evil is so childish that it defies belief. The poor boys is just a pawn in the battle to win the PR war.
I believe that the strength of feelings against the repatriation of the boy back to Cuba
has, in part, to do with the fact that it's his father who's claiming him, and
not the mother. There is a bias in our culture against fathers and fatherhood,
with many, both men and women, seeming to think that a mother must
necessarily have a closer bond with the child, with the father almost an optional
extra. If it was the father who had drowned, and the mother remaining
in Cuba, I'm sure that many who now defend Elian's "right" to stay in
the US, might be otherwise swayed.
Mark Cramer, author of "Culture Shock! Cuba" and "Living and Working in Havana", France
Elian Gonsalez has not been allowed to return to Cuba
because some of his mother's family and most of
Florida's Cuban community think that Cuban society is
so dysfunctional as to warrant taking a 6-year old boy
away from his father.
This is really a momentous claim and carries the
profound implication that the Cuban government has no
Cuba is clearly far from perfect, perhaps equally far
from being the most dysfunctional society in the
world. But it seems like there are a number of
dysfunctional societies in different parts of the
world. Why don't we set up an international forum to
draw up minimal functional guidelines for societies in
terms of what rights, freedoms and responsibilities
the individuals, civil society, and the government of
a properly functioning society will have?
Then we can decide questions like at what point does a
society become such a horrible place to live that
children should be taken away from their parents?
Elian's mother wanted him to be in the US with her. She is no more now and if
the father has come for him he must be sent back. If the American Government is
concerned about him, they should allow him to come back to America when
he is 18 when he can make up his own mind without any influence at all.
Elian might have a better (read big buck) future in the US for there he would be guaranteed ongoing merchandise agreements and appearances on TV talkshows. But what about children all over the world who die silently of starvation and disease?
Elian's mother certainly would have failed Solomon's test since
preserving the life of her child was of less importance to her than the
chance to live in the US.
This kid was taken out of Cuba without his dad's consent and yet the dad's insulted in the
strongest terms for wanting his lost kid back. A few points:
The people who are in favour of keeping Elian Gonzalez in the USA are arrogant, ignorant or totally heartless. The right of a child to be with its parents must be above all other considerations. On the assumption that the USA is a paradise of freedom: America has 25% of the world's prison population. On the mother's last wish as an argument: the mother selfishly took the boy on that dangerous trip.
Your comments during the programme:
Why is the Cuban community stirring up such a fuss over this?
This boy is too young to a decide so it's up to the father to make the decision for him. Any person attempting to determine the fate of this boy is putting themselves at odds with the basic principles of democracy.
Any human being should have the right to grow up in a democracy. The people he's staying with now are looking after him very well. A dictatorship is always worse than any democracy.
The most absolute right under US law is for a child to be raised by their parents. They send kids from other countries back all the time. Who in their right mind would send their child out to sea on a raft? As bad as it is now in Cuba, it is far better than it was in 1949.
Elian is a special case. Juan Miguel is an instrument of the Cuban government.
Recently a number of Chinese refugees died trying to get to America. There was no media coverage of that.
A Haitian lady who illegally entered some years ago was recently sent back. Her two daughters who were born in the US may be sent back too. Congressmen are prepared to bend the law to give Elian the right to stay. This is the politics of the votebank. It's not in the interests of the child.
There's room for compromise. He should go back now but be granted conditional US citizenship so that he can decide when he reaches the age of majority. If you don't give him back it will influence custody law in the future.
There's no debate. He should be sent back. Al Gore is trying to get his votes in in Florida. There's a huge population there who want Elian to stay.
Your comments before we went ON AIR:
Miles Fusco, New York City, USA
I hold no brief for Juan Miguel Gonzalez or for Fidel Castro, but Elian's detention in Miami
is contrary to all norms of international law and is motivated not by the desire to do what's best for the child but to score political points.
I find it annoying that some people assume that Elian's father is a bad father and does not care for the child because he was separated from Elian's mother. Divorce is commonplace in the USA. The main reason people are fleeing Cuba is poverty due to the USA embargo. Send the boy back and lift the embargo.
It is wrong to play politics with a little boy's life. At 5 or 6 he belongs to his father and it is up to the boy when he is 18 to go wherever he wishes. Just because the US does not like Castro a little is being used in a political game. He should go back with his father to Cuba.
What if our "federal" government (meaning Clinton/Reno) would just "butt out" and let the state court hearing, already scheduled, do its job?
If the US government feels so strongly that Elian should stay in the US, then they must give residency to Elian's father in US and allow him to live there with his new family where he can be close to Elian.
As long as Elian's father is alive, other relatives and politicians should mind their own business. It is all political at the end of the day. The US recently ordered a boy of a Jordanian father to be returned to Jordan and let the Jordanian courts decide who the boy should live with.
Cuban Americans are spoilt because they are used to getting their way and simply can't see beyond their dogmatic view of Cuba or Castro. If things were to change in Cuba politically and the American Cubans were asked to go back, the few that do will make very bad Cubans.
Castro's oppressive regime does look ugly, but it looks prettier than the ethos of the Cuban neofascist enclave located in Florida.
The argument that Elian will have a better life in the luxurious environs of the USA
rather than in the poor circumstances of his father's Cuba is no better than the
discredited notions of:
Let the boy be where he wants to be.
Elian may have a better material life in the US compared to Cuba, as would the thousands of other Latin Americans who go to extreme lengths to get to the USA. Most are escaping capitalist countries. Since the beginning of this year at least 100 Dominicans have drowned trying to cross the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico (first stop to the eventual destination of mainland USA), so desperate they are to get away from the poverty in the Dominican Republic. In the cases where they do manage to get across they are instantly repatriated by the coast guard, whatever their age and whether they have relatives there or not. Despite this, thousands more will attempt the crossing before the end of the year.
All the Dominicans, Haitians and so on who try to get to the States are fleeing far worse conditions of poverty than anyone in Cuba. And let's face it, most Cubans who leave do so for economic, not political reasons. So why is Elian different? His white skin, perhaps?
The answer to the question 'where does Elian belong?' should be 'away from the media glare!' if anything is causing him irreversible psychological harm it is the attention he is getting, which at best should be enough to turn the most angelic child into an unbearable brat!
Although Elian's Dad is asking for custody, Elian was with his Mom when he left Cuba for the US. Maybe both parties can reach a compromise. Elian could take up US residency until an age when he is more mature.
The Cubans in Florida appear to wield enormous electoral power when you consider that the current Vice President and presidential hopeful Al Gore seems to be supporting them. The child is a victim of a 40-year-old revolution perpetuated by exiles. Shame on them.
Let the child go home. I love my country's hypocrisy; if it were a child from the US in Cuba we'd probably see the military going in after him.
Of course the boy belongs with his father.
That Cuba is a dictatorship has nothing to do with that. Or are we now saying that people living under dictatorships do not have the right to be parents?
There are plenty of societies that offer a better quality of life than the US. I would like to see the first US parent who wants to take his kid back to the US be faced with that argument. Wonder if that would get the same response as here.
Elian should go with his father. A six-year-old doesn't have the capacity to make such a choice himself. He's been mesmerised by all the attention he has been getting here in the U.S. Those who claim that sending him back to Cuba is condemning him to a life under communism must be forgetting that Castro is mortal and Elian may very will be living in a free Cuba in a few years.
Remember the "Iron Curtain"? When I was a child we thought it would last forever. The same will happen in Cuba. Elian belongs with his family in Cuba.
Elian's father has already started a new life after a divorce: new wife, new kids; if you say Elian are with relatives he doesn't know now, in Cuba too he will not know anyone except his father, and this father may be someone totally different now because of his new family. At least in USA he will live in a free society with his distant relatives. This incident will forever be on the tip of Elian's father and could be a barrier in the father-son relationship; but not with his Miami relatives because he didn't know them before; he was with them during the whole thing and will survive together. Frankly it looks to me as if Elian's father is doing the kidnapping.
The US accuses Castro of running a dictatorship that does not provide the people with adequate services when at the same time, the US places trade embargoes on Cuba banning the imports of the goods that Cuba requires to provide those services. And now they are saying that Elian Gonzales should not be sent back to this oppressive dictatorship, where the real tyranny lies in the country in which he is currently residing.
The fact that a large number of Republicans support Elian's stay in the US confuses me because it is in clear violation of custody laws, and the Republicans pride themselves on family values. As well the sometimes violent protest to keep Elian Gonzales in the US has given the Cuban-American population a black-eye in the world's view. Perhaps they should take a moment to stop and think about how they look. The rest of the world is watching.
We know Fidel Castro is not a leader who really cares about the boy but reversal of the US embargo. We know the Cuban Americans in Miami don't care about the boy just that Fidel Castro and his regime must continued to be alienated by the US government. But whatever side you are on, remember that family is higher that politics. That boy must go back to the one person left in this world who has a legal claim to him. End of story!
Does anyone really believe that a minor should have the right to pick who raises him, or that wealth and "a better life" allows someone to kidnap anothers child? What idiocy !! And if the US Cuban community has a problem obeying the law then they should seek asylum in a country where the rights of parents are less respected...like Cuba for instance.
Joe Brikha, USA
This is the situation. A young boy was put on a journey across an ocean with dangers everywhere to get him to the US. Why would his mother do all this without fully knowing that this was the better choice. The poor kid almost died getting all the way here and now we send him back? Sounds like too much politics and not enough morality.
Is Elian an exploited pawn? You bet! Where should he be? With his father! Regardless how this tragedy plays out I believe he will be psychologically damaged, with the blame resting on the attention-getting distant relatives. Family is more important than material goods! I think the egos keeping Elian from his father have lost sight of this simple truth. Most people don't even know what a grand uncle is. I'd be furious if my son was kidnapped by unknown distant relatives.
I don't quite understand all the fuss, except to make another "fashion" statement for the Cubans in "Little Havana". If they used half of their energies they are using for Elian, in trying to oust Castro, he may not be still smoking his cigars in Havana. Enough...send the boy back with his father!
Joseph P, Canada
First some facts, Elain has been recorded telling his Miami relatives he doesn't want to go back to Cuba. Second his supposedly loving father hadn't seen the boy in 3 years. Third at age 11 the Cuban government will take him away from his family to go to "schools" that include working in the cane fields and instruction in how to inform if your friends and family (when you are returned to them) say something against the government. Learn what you are talking about before you start criticising the actions of others!
I really feel for the poor child. materially he will be better off in the USA but a child needs his father, especially as his mother is dead. It disgusts me that both sides have used this child as a political football particularly the rag bag circus of teachers, doctors, other kids etc that Fidel Castro wanted to send with along with Elian's father and step mother. Thankfully the US blocked this obscene farce. I hope this matter is resolved quickly for the sake of the child and damn the opinions of the others!
He belongs with his father, but in order to be equitable, perhaps he should receive shared custody as in a divorce case. Spend part of his year in Cuba and part of his year in Miami. Then when he is of legal age, he should be allowed to decide where he wants to live.
Stephen Kenney, USA
Yet again a small but vocal minority believe they know best...the Cuban community in Miami are no better than kidnappers at the moment and the US State their co-conspirators for not taking positive action sooner. Imagine the consequences if the roles were reversed and an American child were being detained by Cuba, or even worse somewhere like Iraq.
Arrogance of the highest level
John Watson, Scotland
Six year old Elian is a hostage of US foreign policy. Elian should not have been kept in the US for one single day. Those who claim "life of freedom" should look around them and will find millions of children who go hungry, who do not have health care, who have the worst educational system even compared to third world standard. For Elian, his father and his country are his birth right and no one should take it away from him. The one person that could have done so, his mother unfortunately has died. If she hasn't then her decision to bring him to the US would have been indisputable.
But for now, so called politicians and desperate Cuban exiles in Miami are so blinded that they think they know better for Elian than his birth father, his close friends and relatives in Cuba. No matter how the US wants to discredit Cuba, even by holding a six-year old boy hostage, Cuba is one valiant brave and honourable nation. Let Elian go back to his father and to his beloved country. Toys and useless material things do not make up for a father and a country.
Arthur O'Neill, New Hampshire, US
The Cuban exiles should stop using such repulsive methods to make their point. But heck, Im a WASP in a country that is currently refusing to provide any support to those seeking refuge to people fleeing from persecution and torture so I'm not really in a position to comment.
Chris Cagle, USA
Elian deserves an opportunity to have a life of freedom after his mom sacrificed her life. There has already been a case of a child who sued to stay in the US while the parents emigrated back to a communist country. Also the Nun who mediated the meeting with the grandmothers changed her mind about keeping the boy in the US after observing him at the meeting. For Castro this situation is very similar to the way he kidnapped his own son Fidelito from his mother in Mexico, years ago. If back in the seventies during the cold war, a women had been shot while handing her child over the Berlin wall, would we have sent the child back? How is this situation any different?
Luis Fernando Oneto, U.S.A.
The boy belongs with his father. The Cuban community is behaving disgracefully. They came to this country and agreed to follow the laws of this country. They should return to Cuba if they can not. They are damaging this little boy because they can't see beyond their hatred of Castro.
Elian belongs with his Father, Grandparents, and family in Cuba. This is not a political issue. This never should have become such a thing. The Cuban- Americans in Miami are a bunch of anarchists who are trying to 'dictate' U.S. foreign policy. And, that is the business of the government. The business of a boy being with his Father and family is the business of that family. Since when has it become the responsibility of any country to delay or deny parenthood from being recognised? It is time to return the boy to his parents and to hell with what any Miami Cubans think about it.
Somdev Roy , USA
Regardless of the fine details of this case the rights of the parent must be paramount. Many fathers are absent during the raising of their kids. They may be working away from home regularly or be based overseas either on business or with the military. The rights of fathers are all too easily overlooked. The pragmatic solution in this case is for the US government to acknowledge its complicity and grant residency to both father and son. They will almost certainly remain in America but would be able to travel to and from Cuba as they wish.
With his father, where else? If he were a little black Haitian boy, he'd be sent back so fast he'd meet himself coming the other way. And Haiti is FAR worse off than Cuba.
I think there is a misconception about how the majority of Americans feel on this subject. Of course most of us (85 percent in a recent poll) think he should be returned to his father, and most of us are sick to death of the "controversy" created by the two shamelessly self-interested sides. As long as he has a living parent who has never demonstrated any ill-treatment of the child, he should be with that parent.
Mr G. Zusk-Ryste, UK
It is silly to keep that boy in the USA when his father lives in Cuba. It is ridiculous for his relatives to ask the US to permit him to stay in Miami. Let him go and live with his father.
Yes of course Elian was a political pawn, exploited by politicians and activists on all sides right from the beginning. How incredibly selfish, people forget that before the revolution Castro was a lawyer. He would not have started this if he did not know he would ULTIMATELY win. He does not care about Elian, he just wants a cause, another, Che or Camillo, this is his expertise, to make martyrs of others.
One can understand that the Miami Cuban Americans went through a great struggle to get to the USA, but they have no right to impose their desires on a minor. That minor should be with his father - period. If an American mother has fled to Australia and died on a boat of their coast, then the Australians would have returned her boy to the natural father without hesitation. If that Mother had lived, she should have been charged with reckless endangerment of the child.
In Cuba the two TV Channels have been dominated EVERY day since November with the STRUGGLE to get Elian back. The Cubans are sick to death of it and everything stops when a rally is organised. The Miami family may think they mean well, but in the long term they will just make it harder for the boy to return - which he will ultimately do.
My wife is Cuban and the life there is hard, but only because we are used to so much and take it for granted.
They have excellent healthcare - including a vaccine for their strand of Meningitis B - and one of the highest literacy ratings in the world.
So both sides should just put aside their own interests and just let the boy back with Father to lead as normal a life as is possible.
Elian belongs with his father. The Cuban exiles who would attempt to argue with that statement, which has the backing of US and international law, should realise that by doing so, they damage their reputation in the eyes of the world.
If the reports in the media that they attempted to restrict Elian's father from seeing his son are true, then they are damaging Elian as well.
Ronnie Stewart, USA
As a father who fought in court for 6 years to see my children again, I would say the answer is obvious. His father has not been proved to be unfit, in fact he is married with another child. A stable home life is important for Elian. What right do the Americans have to pass judgement on the political climate in Cuba. Castro is a complete idiot, but that is where the father chooses to live. Castro won't last much longer anyway, but the majority of Cubans do support him, the majority that are left anyway. Elian won't have to dodge 8 year olds with guns in Cuban schools either.
Mary Macdonald, Canada
Elian belongs with his father. Bottom line.
Irrespective of what one might think of Cuba as practising a defunct communist system, children need their parents.
There was no suggestion that Elian's father is not capable of looking after his son.
If it had been a mother trying to get to see her son there would never have been this mess. We must learn to treat fathers equally with mothers.
Josh Mintzer, Michigan, USA
The US is being completely arrogant about this whole situation.... Who do they think they are, trying to decide where a child "should" grow up? If an American child landed on Cuban soil, the US would have declared war on Castro months before. Does this mean that we should start importing children who are growing up in political situations that the US does not approve of?
Like all children he belongs in a world where politics is not allowed to interfere with the meeting of basic human emotional needs
Elian should go home with his
father. The US officials instead of taking
custody of the child and sending him back
to Cuba has handed him over
to his Miami relatives to complicate
I personally think that Elian will be
very comfortable in the U.S. because
he will be better off in the U.S, in the sense
that he can be somebody there, America is
a place of opportunities. But of course we have
the family to think of especially his immediate family
that is his father and his half brother, but I will insist
that the boy should be united with his father
but they should stay in the U.S for the future
of this little boy who is innocently got in the
middle of this fiasco.
Nobody seems to be resolving this case and to play politics with Elian's life is unbelievable. I think the American authorities should target the Cuban exiles in Miami and if necessary, deport them. They appear not to be interested in Elian, but want to make anti-Cuban protests and even are protesting at Elian's father. What do they think they're playing at?
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