Che G. was quite a loathsome individual:QuoteThe cult of Ernesto Che Guevara is an episode in the moral callousness of our time. Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution's first firing squads. He founded Cuba's "labor camp" system--the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims. To get himself killed, and to get a lot of other people killed, was central to Che's imagination. In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for "two, three, many Vietnams," he also spoke about martyrdom and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: "Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become ..."-- and so on. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy--a tragedy on the hugest scale.http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/cult ... uoteothers
remember the ruthless man that executed between 156 and 550 prisoners in Cuba without trialhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/che-g ... oteDespite
a brief interest in Gandhi, he was not a pacifist; indeed, he was a harsh, uncompromising figure who believed, with Mao, that power came out of the gun barrel. Mr. Castaneda's book includes a gripping passage about the self-serving justification Guevara made for carrying out executions within the ranks, even when he understood that the alleged offenses did not merit death.. . . Mr. Castaneda criticizes what he calls Guevara's ''tactical, simplistic and bureaucratic logic.'' He adds: ''Not too far in the future -- in early 1959 -- he held in his hands the fate of hundreds of men sentenced to death at La Cabana, and he authorized with his signature one of the most unsavory episodes of the revolution.''The new biographies also make clear that Guevara played a central role in establishing Cuba's new secret police, which set about the usual task of the revolution's devouring its own children. Mr. Castaneda reports that it was Guevara who set up Cuba's first labor camp, thereby ''establishing one of the most heinous precedents of the Cuban revolution: the confinement of dissidents, homosexuals and, later, AIDS victims.''Guevara did have his detractors, often the same people as the enemies of the New Left who saw in him not the Christlike martyr of Bolivia but a cold and calculating dictator, a proto-totalitarian in the tradition of Mao or the later Pol Pot.http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/26/books ... .htmlQuote
For Cuban exiles, Castro's takeover, in 1959, is a wound that just won't heal. In the current New Yorker, William Finnegan describes the Miami's "wormholes in time": You'll be driving along a Miami freeway in 2004, listening to Radio Mambí-that's a big Spanish-language talk station-and suddenly you'll be in Cuba, 1961. Callers will be arguing bitterly about Che Guevara's misunderstanding of the sugar industry. An old man will start telling the story of his brother's violent death, at the hands of neighborhood militants, in Santiago de Cuba. He'll describe every detail, until you can taste the day. Then he'll start sobbing. The silence around his voice will grow while he tries to go on. He has wept every night in the decades since his brother's death, he says, and he prays to God that justice will someday be done ... http://www.motherjones.com/politics/200 ... o-cigarAnd
that's just quoting from Slate, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, and The New Yorker -- sources not exactly critical of nor hostile toward the LHS of the L/R paradigm (its weaknesses and (over)simplifications notwithstanding), mind you. In this day and age it's just inexcusable not to know him for who he really was.