GOLDMAN REUNION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
It is both a tragedy and a violation of multi-national law that Sean Goldman and David Goldman forever lost five years together. The international convention on this topic is clear: the child is to be returned to the surviving parent.
As we watched this U.S. citizen suffer, it was easy to see the right thing. The Brazilian family played the Brazilian State Courts to keep the case away from the Brazilian Federal Courts and the Brazilian State Department did not intervene. It was, and is, heart-breaking and inexcusable.
We should all be proud that our country behaves in compliance with the convention, even when it's difficult and popular opinion within our country is otherwise. We do it even when we think it would probably be in the child's best interest to stay in the "Greatest Country in the World" (and we are probably right) because it is in keeping with multi-national law and, probably, Natural Law. We do the hard, right thing.
Sometimes the child's name is Elian Gonzales. We still enforce and follow the law.
Elian Gonzales is the difference between "us" and "them."
In a related story just in from Ely, Nevada, O.J. Simpson's publicist, Amad Jamaali, formerly known as "Booger" Brown, Recording Secretary of the Sacramento Chapter of the Bloods, released the following statement: "Mr. Simpson been steady contendin' that he never offed no Goldman dude. Now that boy's been on television someplace Souf of the Border. He ain't be dead. Mr. Simpson wantin' his trophy delivered to our day room here in Ely a-mediately!"