The Herald summarizes the case here, and has provided daily coverage of the court proceedings.
One notable aspect of the case, as the Herald notes, has been the Cuban government’s silence. One suspects that if Fidel were in the saddle, this would be an opportunity for mass rallies and all the campaigning that surrounded the Elian Gonzalez case.
In Miami too, if you set aside questions about the State’s vigorous effort to deny the father custody, the case is less political than Elian’s; there is no equivalent of the “Miami relatives” of seven years ago, no calls that the child cannot become “a trophy for Fidel,” no national media attention, no Congressional involvement.
It all rests on the judge, and her determination whether Mr. Izquierdo is a fit parent.
One hopes that’s all that is involved.
I haven’t read all the charges and counter-charges in this sad case. If Mr. Izquierdo is found to be unfit to raise his child according to the standards we would apply to an American parent, then so be it.
But if a decision goes against him because he would raise his daughter in Cabaiguan, that would be unjust and damaging to American interests.
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And we would damage the