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The Cuban Dismissal Crisis ELIAN GONZALEZ

He was El Nino Milagro, "the miracle child." He was plucked from the waters, like Moses from the bulrushes, by a fisherman. He became known to us by one name. To have any greater religious overtones, the tale would have to involve visits from the Virgin Mary--which some said it did. And the standoff over what to do with Elian (now 7) after the November 1999 Cuban-refugee-boat sinking that killed his mother, was as intractable as a religious schism. To his father Juan Miguel, in Cuba, the Miami relatives who took Elian in were kidnappers,...

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