Desde Dentro de Cuba.

Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. -

Dec. 14, 1999.


HAVANA - Marlon de Miranda is not even two years old. Last Monday afternoon, Marlon watched (as on so many other occasions) when some big fat men with heavy mustaches suddenly forced their way into his home without asking his or his grandparents' permission. He also watched the arrogant intruders run an inventory of the toys that his grandparents had bought for him and many other children. He saw the men pointing at his small three-wheeled bike while murmuring to each other. Marlon has gone through a similar situation on other occasions. But this time something made him realize that these big fat heavy- mustached men were going to take away his small bike. Marlon cried out like he never had before even though the men were very big and he very little. Perhaps the high pitch of his cry was more than a match for the men's intention. Or perhaps their reaction was caused by the fact that they were being observed by some journalists from a Polish television station who were visiting his grandparents. At any rate, the big, fat men with heavy mustaches, "kidnapped" the toys destined for other children but left Marlon's small bike.

Marlon may never know how important it can be to have foreign journalists visiting a person's home. He probably will believe that his high-pitched cry saved his bike and from now on his cry will grow even stronger because the kidnapping of toys, dreams and people happens in his country with great frequency.

So that such big fat men with heavy mustaches would not kidnap the toys (or the dreams) of Elian Gonzalez, his mother faced the sea with him and died in the Florida Straits. Possibly she never imagined the end and much less that her son would become a 'flag' at the service of the same people who forced them to leave the country were they were born.

But life is very strange and in that moment it must have been very important to her that Elian would never again be taken out of his school to participate in a massive rally where he would learn to shout good things about the big, fat men with heavy mustaches. To her it was very important that Elian would not be raised on an island that can be 'sunk' by people who call themselves revolutionaries. It was important to her that he not be deprived of milk at age seven and that he would be educated without hate, envy or hypocrisy and would be free so that he need not cry out, like Marlon did, in defense of his small bike.

Armando Aņel, Cuba Free Press.

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