Out With The Old?

To prop up their influence, the anti-Castro hard-liners gambled big on Elian. Now what?

The "Banana Republic" label sticking to Miami in the final throes of the Elian Gonzalez crisis is a source of snide humor for most Americans. But many younger Cuban Americans in Miami are getting tired of the hard-line anti-Castro operatives who have helped manufacture that stereotype--especially the privileged, imperious elite who set themselves up as a pueblo sufrido, a suffering people, as martyred as black slaves and Holocaust Jews, but ever ready to jump on expensive speedboats to reclaim huge family estates the moment the old communist dictator stops breathing.

And the younger set in Miami isn't frustrated only by what's...

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