Most of what we know about Cuba and Castro comes to us from known LIARS and criminals now living in Miami. When Elian Gonzalez's relatives claimed that his father Juan Gonzalez didn't even want his son, they were LYING. When they said that Juan knew that Elian was coming to the US and telephoned them ahead of time to tell them about his visit, they were LYING. When they said that the mother "escaped from Cuba", when she could have legally traveled to the US if she wanted to, any time, they were LYING. When they said they would obey the court ruling to return Elian to his father, which they then defied, they were LYING. When they said they would hand Elian over to Juan if he would just come to the US, they were LYING. When they accused Juan of "child abuse", they were LYING. When they say that Cuba doesn't have religious freedom, they were LYING.
When they did all of this, they violated God's law, US law, Florida law, international law and treaties, and Cuban law, making them first class criminals, and nothing less.
So when these first class LYING criminals say it is CASTRO who is the Devil, the odds are high that they are just LYING as usual. A quick peek at the international statistics is thus in order. How does Cuba stack up statistically to the US? Is it really that bad a place, or are these misfits from Cuba chronic LIARS who have misled us about "communism", one more time?
What do Americans think? Only a third disagreed with the INS decision to send him back to his father, while 65% agreed with that decision, according to Be Counted:
Rush Limbaugh keeps saying "Elian isn't going to live with his father, he's going to live with the 'state'"! Does he have any idea how many children in the US live without their fathers, compared to how many Cuban children live with their fathers?
No, he doesn't.
The fact is that almost half of American children are fatherless, and they are living in single-mother households, which is much worse than living with "the state". Even so, the odds are real good that the rate of fatherlessness in Cuba is much smaller than this. How do we know? Consider the stats which we DO know, from the UN. We KNOW from the short list from UN statistics that if Elian is kidnapped from Cuba, rather than being allowed to return to Cuba with his father, he will http://www.uncjin.org/stats/nprison/ratoad.txt
1) Be twenty times more likely to be divorced.
2) Be 21 times more likely to be imprisoned for rape.
3) Be three times as likely to be murdered.
4) Be 375 times as likely to be assaulted.
5) Be 36 times more likely to be on drugs.
6) Have almost the same life expectancy, but without paying 11% of his income for health care.
7) Consume nine times as much natural energy.
8) Be prohibited from praying in his school classroom.
9) And he will start out in life owing the world an average of $77,000, just as each American household now owes.
All of this is evidence that the rate of fatherlessness in Cuba is MUCH smaller than it is in the US, unless Castro has figured out a way to replace fathers with government. Do you really think Castro is that smart, particularly considering that the multi-trillion dollar effort to do that in the US has been such an abject failure?
The reality is that the US might learn more from Cuba than Cuba can learn from us. Of course this violates our Cold War perspective of the world, but we need to GO there, rather than listen to the misfits like the Cubans in Miami who left the country and came here to help to overthrow our Constitution and our rule of law http://fathersmanifesto.net/rpercent.htm
We need to acknowledge that the form of government is irrelevant to a child relative to the importance of fatherhood.
We grossly underestimate the totalitarian nature of giving OUR government the power to kidnap foreign children from their own fathers. They have gone out of control doing this to American fathers, and we must not allow this to become a world wide phenomenon http://fathersmanifesto.net/fedgov.htm
UN Crime Data For US http://www.ifs.univie.ac.at/uncjin/mosaic/profiles/usa.htm
UN Crime Data For Cuba http://www.ifs.univie.ac.at/uncjin/mosaic/profiles/cuba.html
1999 US Statistical Abstract, Section 30 http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-us.html
Yes, Castro and Cuba might have problems. But so do we. If we had the same kind of problems as Cuba, we would have 18,224 fewer murders each year. And 1.1 million fewer assaults each year. And 202,000 fewer rapes each year. And 431,120 fewer robberies, 621,520 fewer drug crimes, 1.2 million fewer divorces.
Who should be giving who a moral lesson here? The US is about the last country with the moral authority to instruct Cuba on their social or economic affairs.