WHERE IS THE HUMANITY!
I have seen and heard of people who, at the end of their lives, became so
inflexible their positions, once stated, never deviated. I'd always felt
sorry for them and for those trying to present a flexible alternative. But
A recent event, highly publicized by our national press and media, has
dumped me so far over the right/wrong line, that I am worried about my
country, about myself, and how the basic liberties promised by the United
States no longer seem to matter.
Let us examine the tragic circumstances by which the six year old Cuban boy
arrived in this country. His mother and father had divorced, but shared
custody of the child. In fact, a spanish speaking reporter from Miami
named Chip Beck was able to visit Cardenas, where the boy had lived.
Elian's parents had worked out a co-custodial scheme where the boy spent
the week with his father and weekends with his mother.
His mother had gotten to know and been impressed by a Cuban-American named
Lazaro Munero Garcia who had illegally entered Cuba in 1999 and
subsequently spent three months in a Cuban jail. On his release, he
decided to obtain and operate a boat that would take Cubans to the United
States for $1,000 a head. After Lazaro's enticement, the mother decided to
flee to America and, from what I understand, simply took the boy along
without telling her ex-husband what she intended to do. Unfortunately, the
boat sank, and everyone aboard perished except two adults and the six year
old, who spent two days floating on the ocean on an inner tube. After an
almost miraculous rescue, he was released to the custody of a "Great Uncle"
living in Miami. It appears that some Miami Cubans detest Castro so much
they are willing to make the future of the boy a political football.
I can see no rationale for any of it. As a former navy frogman accustomed
to telling the truth and knowing he would get the truth from his fellows,
living a life based on principle and integrity, I'd have concluded the only
possible alternative would be to return the boy to his paternal father.
But my life as the father of three bright, eager to learn children, a man
who delighted in them and spent the time to try to raise them well, told me
without any doubt that a six year old boy whose mother is dead belongs with
his remaining biological parent. Plainly, had my wife, or ex-wife, been
accidentally killed, I would have fought and perhaps murdered anyone who
tried to deny me the opportunity of living with and raising my children.
I do not understand any man who wouldn't do the same, and believe the lack
of the feeling of parental responsibility has caused half the moral decay
in America. Reunite the boy immediately with his father in Cuba. Castro
is an old man, but still alive because he did not believe everything
Americans told him. The Cuban people are a fine ethnic stock, talented and
hard working: America needs to establish a working relationship with them,
and right now is a good time to start. But stop the bogus politics. Blood
is thicker than water, and while a man will instinctively protect other
children, he will risk his life for his own.
Sam Orr firstname.lastname@example.org