Remember Elian Gonzalez?
He was the little 6-year-old boy who became the focus on an
international drama between the United States in Cuba in 2000.
mother died when she fled Cuba with Elian on a boat. Little Elian
survived the journey. Then he was taken in by relatives in Miami who
wanted to raise him.
But his father in Cuba wanted him back. His
relatives refused to turn him over fearing the child would suffer
growing up in communist Cuba.
But the father's rights prevailed.
In a raid that proved a public relations disaster for the Clinton
Administration, Elian was removed from his relatives' home and returned
He's wearing a military uniform in the photo taken at a convention of young communists. I'm sure this has angered some in the Cuban-American community in the United States who see this as proof Elian became a pawn in Castro's Cuba.
Clearly the Cuban government is driving home a point that Elian embraced the revolution 10 years after the incident in the United States.
Imagine if he had stayed in Miami. Instead of a military uniform, he could be wearing a T-shirt, khaki pants and playing with the latest gadgets like the iPad.
Would Elian have been better off in the United States?
I think so. At least here he would have had more choices.