ELIAN IN FLORIDA

By William Markiewicz

After the boat journey with his mother that cost her life, Elian finds himself now in the loving care of his American family and in the whole world's limelight. His father is young; we are not sure what the bonds were between him and his son. We only know that he will introduce his son to another mother. We don't know what relationship will develop between them, but there is little doubt that the curtain of silence will fall on the boy's fate. His father's pride and macho Latin society will not permit too much open information about the boy. For Castro it may be a political matter, but no immediate political considerations should prevail over what is in the boy's best interests. There's too much doubt to take a risk. Let the father have all the visiting rights he may wish but let's not allow the son to be subjected to a 'property rights' dispute.

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