Elian Gonzalez: A propaganda tool for Cuba’s Castro dictatorship

When Janet Reno and President Bill Clinton decided fourteen years ago to ignore U.S. law and our constitution in order to send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba, not only did they sentence a young child to a life of repression and slavery, they also turned him into a Castro propaganda tool. The very same faulty reasoning they used to justify the kidnapping of Elian at gunpoint from the home of his family in Miami is exactly what the young man has now become: A political football for the Castro dictatorship to punt and kick at their pleasure.

Via The Miami Herald:

Elián González: My time in the U.S. ‘changed me for life’

  Photo of Elian Gonzalez published along with his interview on the CubaDebate website on Monday.  On the 14th anniversary of his rescue from a raft in waters off Fort Lauderdale, Elián González said he blames the Cuban Adjustment Act for his mother’s death and the international custody battle it sparked on his behalf.

In an interview with the Cuban weekly Girón published on the cubadebate.cu website, Elian, now 19, said his experience in Miami when he was 6 “marked me for life.”

Clearly echoing the wishes of the Cuban government, González used his interview to ask President Barack Obama to free the five Cuban spies convicted of espionage in Miami, denounced historic Cuban exile groups like the Cuban American National Foundation and Alpha 66 and called Operation Pedro Pan, which allowed thousands of Cuban children to escape indoctrination by Fidel Castro’s regime, “an imperialist hoax based on deceptions and used to cause pain.”

In the interview in Spanish, he said his basic rights as a child — “the right to be with my father, the right to maintain my nationality and remain in my cultural context” — were violated in the United States.

On Thanksgiving weekend 1999, the little boy was rescued by two Broward County fisherman. He was the youngest survivor after an overcrowded boat capsized en route from Cuba to Miami. His mother and 10 others seeking to enter the U. S. drowned at sea.

His Miami relatives fought to keep him in the U.S., saying that had been his mother’s wish. But his father in Cuba — and Fidel Castro — demanded he be returned. The Elián González saga culminated in a pre-dawn raid on April 22, 2000, when heavily-armed U.S. agents broke into the Miami home of González’s uncle on orders of then-Attorney-General Janet Reno with the ultimate goal of returning the boy to Cuba.

“Those days were very sad for me, which marked me for life,” González said Monday. “It never gave me the chance to think of my mother, who died at sea as a result of the Cuban Adjustment Act,” he said, referring to the 1966 U.S. law that allows any Cuban who reaches the U. S. by any means to be paroled and given residency.

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8 thoughts on “Elian Gonzalez: A propaganda tool for Cuba’s Castro dictatorship

  1. He looks and talks like a robot, and a grim one at that. Alas, his DNA, especially the paternal half, didn’t help. Everyone who actively promoted his return, meaning his guaranteed brainwashing, is responsible for it. They don’t care, of course, but they are still accountable, or will be. The worst are the faux pious and the sham humanitarians, but there’s plenty of guilt to go around.

  2. He won’t flee Castroland, partly because he’s under constant surveillance and partly because he’s been given special status and perks to make playing along worth his while (and that of his family, which also comes into it). As I said, his genetic make-up was weak to begin with, and no effort was spared to turn him into a very reliable political trophy. We need to let him go, in and of himself, but not what he represents and so clearly illustrates in terms of the nature of Castro, Inc. and its despicable foreign enablers. I’m not talking about the genuinely clueless and deceived bystanders who fell hook, line and sinker for for the bill of goods peddled by the true villains of the piece, who knew exactly what they were doing and were definitely not motivated by what was best for an innocent and helpless child. We should firmly remember that truth and right are not necessarily enough to carry the day, and that evil and corruption are both very real and very powerful.

  3. He’s among the privileged in Cuba, the pet of the Regime. A propaganda tool. But I have to agree with him about the Cuban Adjustment Act; I think it should be repealed.

  4. Honey, you shouldn’t have. I didn’t. There’s no point looking for shit when so much of it finds its way to you no matter what you do.

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