Hey Elian, remember those dolphins who kept you afloat after all your family died, and carried you to safety in the US of A? They told me to tell you 'fuck you!'
That kid was the worst Olympics mascot ever.
Who knows what kind of man he'll become, Charles? He may even turn out just like you...
Maybe he'll become so successful a communist that he will be able to run over blonde Americans in his SUV because they look different than he does. And no, I don't feel like letting it go.
From what I hear, potentially hot.
He'll become like every other man in Cuba, professing endless devotion to the Castros until he manages to construct a raft out of plastic bottles, inflated rice bags & driftwood and manages to escape.
The question is, what kind of country will Cuba become? You know, when it stops being Communist.
I thought you made a commie by being a middle class white kid with a trust fund.
Or an older stranger writer who struggles with race issues and a penchant for box houses and star wars.
My guess is he will join his comrades in the McCain/Bush Red Party, and rule America with an iron fist ...
A bitter, disillusioned man, clinging to his guns and Manifesto....
My guess he will grow up to be the man with the gun.
Successor to Raul Castro...Viva la revolution!
So why didn't the Stranger cover Che getting a statue in his birth country, anyway?
He was way cuter.
So the kid joined the Cuban version of the boy scouts. Big deal. I was an altar boy for years. Everyone thought I wanted to be a priest. Boy, were they wrong. I only did it because it was more interesting than just sitting there at mass.
@9: you're confused as to which white kids have trust funds. that would be UPPER class.
I don't think the phrase UPPER class means what you think it does ...
Unless you've been slumming with Paris Hilton recently.
Two words: Michael Corleone.
It was obvious from the time of Elian's return that he would receive "special" brainwashing in order to ensure his value as a symbol of the revolution. Unlike the poster @15, his role will not be temporary nor will he have any say as to his future.
Did you know that all children in Cuba have the state as their legal guardian? From birth, parents have no say in what happens to their child.
He'll grow up to be a man who supports socialized medicine and free education through graduate school. Lousy Bastard!
@20: he'll be Swedish?
Maybe Danish or Norwegian?
What kind of man will Elian become? Who the fuck cares?
Elian will go on to a rich and full life, close to his people and his family, and all of you bitter commenters will be left with nothing but your hate.
The next step is the Socialist Super Soldier Serum.
RC, who did your "special brainwashing"? It's so retro....
Well, a rich and full life under a repressive totalitarian regime with no freedom of association or of thought but otherwise, yeah, rich and full.
Oh, and we should hope he's not gay because the state treats homosexuals and especially people with AIDS with particular contempt.
@26, Here's the most recent state dept. human rights report on Cuba. It's from 2006 so it's not really that retro.
RC, I'm not here to defend Castro - after all, the communists took away some of the best hotels and nightclubs - but your McCarthy-esque speechifying doesn't really do much to promote your viewpoint.
I was in ROTC in college, and sat through way too many lectures that sounded like you sound - even as they acknowledged that the Soviet Union was all but dead, and would collapse on its own within a decade.
Of course, when it did, they all rushed to credit that dottering old nitwit Reagan, because they knew he would keep them in navy blue leisure suits and shiny shoes.
So I, personally, don't particularly object to your message - just the tedious, over-the-top way you deliver it.
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