Tuesday, August 7, 2007

What "American-Cuban" Bloggers Really Think About "Eliana"

[I have always contended that many Cuban-American (or "American-Cuban" bloggers) do not ever deliver themselves of their real opinions on Cuban issues on their own blogs, but go elsewhere to do it, anonymously. Their real opinions are far more more extreme, dangerous and heartless than they would ever dare to acknowledge publicly, though their own secret agenda does inform their avowed opinions and can be detected even through their self-censorship and dissimulation on their own blogs. You simply have to know them; and if you do know, you will have no difficulty in detecting the continuation and radicalization of those opinions on other blogs. This well-written, if cowardly and unreasoned opinion, was posted by a certain "A" on a Miami Herald opinion forum. For "A," the "Eliana" case is all about our "image" as Cuban-Americans; it doesn't in the least have to do with saving a little girl's life. It is precisely this opinion which I refuted in my penultimate post. I will not "out" the author here. Those who care to will be able to fill in the dots themselves]:

"Here we go again....Let me first begin by saying i'm a Cuban American. I honestly think this could become another Elian-like scenario all orchestrated by Castro. Are we going to allow Castro to win again as we did with Elian and hurt the Miami Cuban image by playing this game? People let's pick our battles - THIS ISN'T ONE OF THEM. Whether we like it or not, the biological father has every right to reclaim his daughter since her mother is unfit to raise her. Let's put our political beliefs and passion on the side right now and think clearly about this issue. This isn't politics. This is a child whose father did sign the consent form to let her leave with the biological mother...however, since the mother cannot raise her appropriately, he has every right to take her back. YES - most likely the Cuban Government is financially supporting him here in the U.S. (that's obvious). Let's take a moment and reflect on the consequences we as a people face if we decide to make this a political battle. Look what happened with Elian and the credibility we lost as a people. Cubans in Miami lets wake up and pick out the right battles...let's attack Castro on real issues that impact Cuba and not play his little game and fall victims to his plow that will eventually end in failure. To the eyes of the world we will be seen as ruthless and immature for not allowing a girl to live with her father. It's his choice to decide what to do...if he is brave enough, which I doubt, he will publicly inform the press he was paid by the government and risk his family back home to uncover the truth...but I doubt he will do that and I don't blame him. Let's stop allowing Castro to win these stupid battles and attack him with more credible reasons such as the fate of the two Cuban boxers who simply because they wanted to defect and were deported to Cuba face prison, family persecution and the loss of their professional athletic careers - just to mention one case. This is already well documented as the coach already mentioned in Brazil that their careers are "dead". There are numerous issues we can certainly use to attack Castro and uncover the real truth and show the world his true colors. This isn't one of them. For those in Miami and elsewhere who look at any Cuban issue as a way to simply bash Cubans and Cuban Americans, I think you have to question yourselves and your personal hatred or jealousy and stop attacking a group of people simply because you cannot stand the fact that the Cuban community is one of the most successful migrant groups in the U.S. History. However, that's not the point here and honestly, your ignorant insults just make me laugh and just show your true colors and the issues you have. Having that sort of hatred won't lead you anywhere and you will just be losers forever. It's attitude people. Back to the issue...Cubans wake up and let's move on...this is not an issue we should stir up and allow the real issues to get clouded over parental rights. The world is watching...let's not make a sequel to Elian."

Posted by: A
8/6/2007 5:03 PM


Vana said...

Elian was a battle fought more by the two goverments of Cuba and USA, I don't think we lost credibility for losing Elian to Castro, from the feedback I got from regular Americans, it was for the parade they had in Miami, where they paraded with a huge Cuban flag, just as we were critical of the illegal aliens parading with their flag, this was a battle fought in USA soil, by supposed Americans, Old Glory should have been the flag of choice, that was our biggest mistake, I had an American woman tell me, I cannot believe that they, the Miami Cubans paraded with the communist flag of Cuba, I had to explain to her, that it was our flag, not a communist one, you see when they see parades in Cuba, they see the same flag, call them ignorant if you will, but that is what America saw with their very own eyes.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


We must never appease the Americans or anybody else by becoming what they want us to be. We must be ourselves, or nothing.

There was no sympathy for Elián's plight before or after he was kidnapped. Not when he was found floating in the ocean; not even when a submachine gun was pointed at him. Nothing could move them. Beasts would have been more sentient.

Americans are just too consumed by xenophobia and nativism to recognize the claims of humanity anymore.