Che Guevara

Che GuevaraBetween Libya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Obama—the assclown on the right—killed far more people, but he got the Nobel Peace Prize.

Quick: Who are the most famous Argentinians? In the political realm, Juan and Eva Perón, rank near the top, though they may have been eclipsed by soccer legends Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. Guevara likely ranks in between the sports celebrities and the Peróns. On the international level, Guevara might rank higher, though it’s hard to beat soccer superstars. Moreover, many people don’t even know Guevara was born in Argentina; they associate him with Cuba. Incidentally, Guevara’s fans included Maradona, who had a tattoo of Guevara on his right shoulder. (Libyan firebrand Muammar Gaddafi, who came to power two years after Guevara’s death, had a yacht named Che Guevara.)

There is a danger in hitching our wagons to heroes, because even heroes have faults. However, some people are so heroic, who can resist?

Che Guevara may be the most potent symbol of rebellion and anti-imperialism since Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler.

More than a hero, Che Guevara was a shooting star. From the Cuban Revolution to the United Nations, from the Congo to his rendezvous with fate in Bolivia, Guevara’s exploits made John Wayne and Clint Eastwood look like the studio tough guys they were. Adding insult to injury, Guevara’s charisma could have made him a movie star. An Alberto Korda photograph of Guevara, titled Guerrillero Heroico, was cited by the Maryland Institute College of Art as “the most famous photograph in the world.” The iconic photo has become a famous fixture on t-shirts and posters.

Wild Ride ˆ

“The first thing to note is that in my son’s veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels, the Spanish conquistadores and the Argentinean patriots. Evidently Che inherited some of the features of our restless ancestors. There was something in his nature which drew him to distant wanderings, dangerous adventures and new ideas.” ― Ernesto Guevara Lynch

Ernesto “Che” Guevara led a privileged life in Argentina, where he was a medical student and a budding intellectual. Who could have guessed that he would one day be a world famous revolutionary, guerrilla leader, military theorist, and diplomat?

My political awakening occurred while working as a teacher in the belly of the beast, the corporate shithole of Seattle. Guevara’s eyes were opened during a motorcycle trip that took him north across South America. It was a journey that would eventually lead him to Cuba and on to Africa and Bolivia.

“There is no other definition of socialism valid for us than that of the abolition of the exploitation of man by man.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

During his travels in South America, Guevara was shocked by the poverty, hunger, and disease he witnessed. Recognizing it as a symptom of the exploitation of Latin America by the U.S., he dedicated his life to fighting back. Guevara became involved in Guatemala’s social reforms under President Jacobo Árbenz. He learned how the U.S. plays ball when Árbenz was overthrown by a CIA-assisted coup at the behest of the United Fruit Company. The CIA then doctored Árbenz’ personal documents and launched a vicious smear campaign, hounding him as he sought refuge in Europe and Moscow before moving to Uruguay and later to Cuba. Eventually, Árbenz’ daughter committed suicide; some think his death was a suicide, too.

Guevara moved on to Mexico, where he met a pair of Cuban revolutionaries named Raúl and Fidel Castro. Doubtless looking for revenge after his misadventure in Guatemala, Guevara joined their 26th of July Movement and sailed to Cuba, where he helped overthrow the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. During the two-year guerilla campaign, Guevara was promoted to second-in-command.

Guevara played key roles in Cuba’s new government, including reviewing the appeals and firing squads for those convicted as war criminals during the revolutionary tribunals, instituting agrarian land reform as minister of industries, helping spearhead a successful nationwide literacy campaign, serving as both president of the National Bank and instructional director for Cuba’s armed forces, and serving as a diplomat on behalf of Cuban socialism. (In December 1964 Guevara traveled to New York City, where he condemned U.S. intervention in Cuban affairs and incursions into Cuban airspace in an address to the United Nations General Assembly.) Guevara learned that the Revolution never ends as he helped train the militia forces that repelled the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He then made the U.S. pay for its meddling in Cuba affairs by bringing Soviet nuclear-armed ballistic missiles to Cuba, a move that provoked the 1962 Cuba Missile Crisis.

In 1965, Guevara left Cuba and traveled to Congo-Kinshasa (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), where he attempted to launch another revolution. Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese independence leader who served as the first prime minister of the Republic of the Congo, as it was then known. However, he was overthrown in a coup and executed in 1961, becoming a martyr for the pan-African movement. Unfortunately, Lumumba’s martyrdom did little to help Guevara, who found himself fighting against forces backed by the CIA. In addition, the people he sought to liberate lacked the revolutionary fervor of the Cubans.

Undeterred, Guevara traveled to Bolivia, where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid allegedly met their fate in a 1908 shootout. Sadly, Bolivia turned into Congo II, with Guevara thwarted by the CIA and a lack of popular support. Worse still, Guevara was wounded, captured, and summarily executed. The CIA also obtained his diary, which it planned to doctor in an effort to ridicule and demonize him.

Yet the bigger-than-life warrior had the last laugh. He looked death in the eye and mocked it. Adding insult to injury, the CIA shot itself in the foot. The agency planned on doctoring Guevara’s Bolivian Diary and using it as propaganda to smear him. For some strange reason, however, a member of the Bolivian government photocopied the diary and sent it to Cuba, where Castro launched a pre-emptive strike by publishing it in several languages.

“I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

The CIA released a photograph of the deceased warrior as proof of its triumph. The message was clear: Don’t fuck with the CIA.

Che GuevaraLeft: A pack of nameless CIA-backed jackals helped Che achieve immortality. (Fair Use; by the late Freddy Alborta)

Ironically, the photo backfired. In a 2017 interview, Susana Osinaga said “They said he looked like Christ. . . . People today still pray to Saint Ernesto. They say he grants miracles.” Osinaga had helped wash blood off Guevara’s corpse. The lying, murderous CIA had turned Che Guevara into a martyr.

“We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

That famous photo of Guevara wearing his trademark beret became more famous than ever, whether it was worn as a symbol of rebellion or radical chic. Pictures even appeared depicting Guevara wearing a crown of thorns, similar to Jesus. The CIA murdered a man, even as it transformed him a heroic figure fondly known as “Che.”

Demonization ˆ

One of the most fascinating aspects of Che Guevara’s legacy is the degree to which he’s demonized by the Jews and right-wing elements. For me, that’s a good thing; if they hate him that much, then he must have been an extraordinary hero indeed.

However, the demonization of Che is incredibly childish and unhinged. For example, we’re constantly told that Guevara was a bloodthirsty brute who enjoyed killing people. However, Guevara fought the bad guys. Even if it were true that he enjoyed killing bad guys, who could he have been any worse than the U.S. military personnel who routinely rape and slaughter innocent civilians, blow up schools and hospitals, and destroy entire cities with bombs and missiles? How could he be worse than the bastards who torture innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at secret “black sites” around the world?

“The only passion that guides me is for the truth... I look at everything from this point of view.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Much of the criticism of Che revolves around the events that followed the toppling of Batista’s regime, which included executions that Guevara presided over. We will probably never know all the details, but much of what has been written about that saga appears to be pure bullshit cooked up by the Jews. For whatever it’s worth, the Cuban people reportedly wanted the bastards who had oppressed them executed. They chanted ¡Al paredón!—“To the wall!” The wall was an execution wall where people deemed enemies of the revolution—or enemies of the people—were shot.

Frankly, I think those executions are worth celebrating. If there was a revolution in the U.S. and I somehow wound up in a position of power, I would launch a series of executions that would make Castro and Guevara look like amateurs. Countless politicians, lawyers, media whores, union whores, corporate tycoons, and Jews would be efficiently dispatched, helping take a bite out of over-population. And if any Seattle liberals criticized me, I’d have them executed, too, because I’m fed up with the mind boggling stupidity that protects the very monsters who have preyed on me and my loved ones from cradle to grave.

Carlos “Sellout” Santana eagerly exploited Che’s image when it was convenient. In later years, however, he changed his tune, saying he admired the young, idealistic Guevara but detests the violent beast he supposedly transformed into. You can read Santana Management’s official stance here.

As you might guess, Santana is a big fan of non-violence. Santana, who apparently thinks he’s a Jew," has performed in such non-violent places as Israel. The hypocritical asshole also fraternized with pResident Obama, the non-violent shithead who waged an unmanned drone war in Afghanistan, destroyed Libya, and didn’t lift a finger to stop the ongoing torture of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Amazingly, Obama, like Henry Kissinger, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, just another reminder that the Nobel racket is controlled by the Jews.

Who could forget Obama’s “historic visit” to Cuba, where he danced salsa with the First Whore . . .

Obama and the First Whore later visited Che’s birth place, Argentina, where they danced the tango . . .

Combined with Carlos Santana’s celebrity sellout, you have to wonder if this was all part of a CIA campaign to ridicule Che Guevara. Incidentally, that lame salsa dance was the highlight of Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. The bastard didn’t end the embargo and didn’t end the torture at Guantanamo Bay.

What’s perhaps most galling about the demonization of Che Guevara is the mind boggling hypocrisy. His biggest critics are generally rednecks and right-wingers. You know, the kind of people who cheered for the destruction of Dresden, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the destruction of Iraq and Libya, the ongoing torture at Guantanamo Bay, and the Jews’ televised genocide in Gaza. (Che visited Gaza in 1959, helping to turn it into a global cause.)

Why I Like Che ˆ

Like millions of people around the world, I was first drawn to Che Guevara by his charisma and heroic life. As I learned more about him, I discovered that we shared some similarities.

I learned about politix by jumping in headfirst. I became a whistle-blower, then a political activist, even running for public office. My activism almost got me killed one night, but it was very educational, very fulfilling. However, years later, I felt like I was missing something. I decided to devote some time to academic studies, including history, psychology, and philosophy. What a difference that made!

“Che is fairly intellectual for a Latino.” ― Declassified CIA Document

Che was similarly well rounded, though he did it backwards: He was an intellectual before he transformed into a political activist and freedom fighter. However, Che soared far higher than I have ever gone in both arenas. He was a physician who spoke fluent French and had an interest in philosophy. His accomplishments on the battlefield and in the political arena are the stuff of which legends are made. To put it in perspective, the U.S. has been fighting wars—including two world wars—for more than two centuries, yet how many U.S. soldiers, sailors, pilots, generals, or admirals can you name who can even begin to measure up to Che Guevara?

George Washington was an arictocratic Indian fighter and slave owner, though Andrew Jackson may have been even more wretched. After the U.S. Civil War ended, Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and George Armstrong Custer turned their guns on Native Americans on the far side of the Missouri River. Theodore Roosevelt was a global bully whose exploits on the battlefield in Cuba were greatly exaggerated. George W. Bush’s military duty consisted primarily of being AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard.

Alvin York is frequently cited as America’s biggest hero of World War I. He was actually a red-necked warmonger who thought the U.S. should get involved in both world wars. York also advocated nuking the Soviet Union and North Korea. One of World War II’s biggest heroes was Audie Murphy, who became an actor while battling post-traumatic stress syndrome. Cool.

All of these clowns combined look pathetic next to Che Guevara. The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre called Guevara “the most complete human being of our age.”

“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

I also identify with Guevara’s values. He had a keen sense of justice, which manifested itself as a hatred of injustice. He also had an extraordinary compassion for ordinary people, particularly the oppressed, which could transform into a murderous hatred of their oppressors. He had no problem executing people who deserved to be executed. Whether claims that Che actually enjoyed killing evil people are true is anyone’s guess. In all honesty, I would relish the chance to kill some of the sick bastards I’ve crossed paths with here in liberal Seattle.

Another similarity: Che Guevara, Hugo Chavez, and I could have formed our own Big Mouth Club. I’ve never stopped assaulting Seattle’s world class apathy with my endless writing. Che was also a prolific writer. The diary he kept during his trek across South America was published as a book (The Motorcycle Diaries) and made into a movie (“Motorcyle Diaries”). He kept diaries during his subsequent adventures and wrote the book Guerilla Wafare, which is still a classic.

“I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

While he sometimes seemed superhuman, Che was brought back to earth by his failures. He was abandoned by the Soviet Union. He failed in the Congo. His Bolivian revolution ended with his death. However, it wasn’t all his fault.

While Cuba under the Batista regime was ripe for revolution, that was not the case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Bolivia. Che’s failure to make a difference in the latter countries is reminiscent of my experiences in Seattle. As part of what Che called “the belly of the beast,” Seattle may be too far gone to reform. The city has become completely perverted.

“I envy you. You North Americans are very lucky. You are fighting the most important fight of all—you live in the belly of the beast.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

My life sometimes seems like one big failure. At least I tried, however. If I had been born in Cuba instead of sleepy Seattle, maybe I could have at least fought in the Cuban Revolution and been on the winning side for a change. I do not expect to ever see a revolution in the U.S., which is more similar to the Congo than Cuba.

Che is one of those inspirational souls I wish I could have met. Adolf Hitler, Muammar Gaddafi, and Hugo Cavez fought for their countries. Like Crazy Horse, Che didn’t really have a country; he was a global patriot. (On second thought, Gaddafi and Chavez were global patriots, too.)

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

My Criticism ˆ

As an intellectual, an athlete, or a warrior, I will sadly never be Che Guevara’s equal. Is it possible, however, that I could know something about politix that he didn’t? After all, political science is largely the domain of political philosophy and opinion. Moreover, Che wasn’t God. (He was a physician who suffered from asthma, yet he smoked cigars!) So, here goes . . .

“Let the world change you and you can change the world” ― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

I might be mistaken, but I have the perception that Che was, like me, a little brainwashed regarding World War II, the Holocaust, and the Soviet Union. He was a big fan of Marxism but apparently had no respect for Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party, associating them with fascism and imperialism. He apparently sympathized with the Jews who were victims of the Holocaust, though he reportedly made some comments about Jews that some Jews have called “antisemitic.”

In other words, Che’s attitudes were very similar to mine when I was younger. However, I’ve been doing my homework, and I’ve had a change of heart. While it might be impossible to know the whole truth about Hitler, I have far more admiration for him than I do for the Soviet leaders who promised a workers’ revolution but delivered a dystopian nightmare. I love socialism, but I’m a little leery of Marxism.

I hate the Jews, who are the ultimate fascists and imperialists. Surely, Guevara knew that Batista put Meyer Lansky—the head of the Jewish Mafia—in charge of organized crime in Cuba. Today, the Irish are among Israel’s fiercest critics.

If I could travel back in time and visit with Che, I would try to persuade him to swap Marxism for the so-called mixed economy that has worked so well for so many countries since his death. I would also ask him to reconsider his opinions about the Germans and the Jews. Then again, Guevara reportedly became disillusioned with the direction of the Cuban social experiment and its reliance on the Soviets. Perhaps he was a step ahead of me.

Postscript ˆ

Ministry of Interior building in Plaza de la Revolution (Revolution Square), Havana, CubaMinistry of Interior building in Plaza de la Revolution (Revolution Square), Havana, Cuba.

While an army of propagandists have largely succeeded in smearing some of history’s most inspirational figures—from Adolf Hitler to Muammar Gaddafi to Hugo Chavez—they failed miserably with Che Guevara. Ironically, Che presents us with a very different problem: does his charisma distract from his message?

What if Che had been an ugly, slimy piece of filth, like the Jewish serial rapist Harvey Weinstein or his fellow (alleged) serial rapist, the Jewish porn star Ron Jeremy? What if Che had looked like a pudgy fag, like that big-mouthed barely-a-Holocaust-survivor Jew Abe Foxman? What if he looked like an even bigger fag, like the Jewish Harvard psychology/propagandist Steven Pinker?

Che rocketed to fame near the end of the 1960s, when the U.S. was caught in the throes of a countercultural revolution. It was a giddy period. Sadly, it was also largely fake. Most of the luminaries associated with this period, from Bob Dylan to Carlos Santana to the feminist Gloria Steinem, later sold out. (Dylan and Steinem are Jews, while Santa apparently wats to be a Jew).

To be perfectly honest, many, if not most, of the people who sported Che Guevara t-shirts or tattoos just wanted to be perceived as cool. (See Carlos Santana as an example.)

However, that doesn’t mean that all of Che’s fans were phony or that they were too near-sighted to see the big picture. At the same time, speaking for myself, I’ll take all the help I can get. If a gorgeous Hollywood movie star speaks out against the genocide in Gaza, doesn’t that help the cause? Surely, Che was aware of his charisma and didn’t mind injecting a little ego in his war against global fascism.

I’m a little arrogant myself. I call myself Seattle’s only activist, which isn’t much of an exaggeration. If I had born with Che’s looks, I probably would have received three or four times as many votes during my bids for public office. And I wouldn’t have complained.

In the meantime, it’s fun rubbing Che in the establishment’s face. If you want to piss off a bunch of right-wing jerkoffs, just attend a social event in Miami wearing a t-short bearing Che’s famous image.

Che Guevara Statue in BoliviaStatue of Che Guevara at the site of his death in Bolivia. (By Augusto Starita, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Source.)
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Two men who weren’t members of the Cult of Che were Juan Martin Guevara and Mario Terán.

Juan Martin Guevara seldom spoke of his famous brother, but not because he was ashamed of him. He was imprisoned by the Argentinian junta for eight years, finally being freed in 1983. If the authorities had known he was Che’s brother, he probably would have become one of the “disappeared.”

In 2006, Mario Terán—the man who killed Che—was treated for cataracts by doctors in the Cuban “Operation Miracle” program, restoring his sight. In 2007 Granma (the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba) wrote:

“Four decades after Mario Terán tried to destroy a dream and an idea, Che returns to win yet another battle . . . Now an old man, he [Terán] can once again appreciate the colours of the sky and the forest, and enjoy the smiles of his grandchildren.”

Che was a descendent of Patrick Lynch, who was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1715 and moved to Buenos Aires. In 2012, plans to erect a monument to Che in Galway were announed, arousing a fierce debate. The statue was opposed by right-wingers in both Ireland and the U.S. as well as Cuban-Americans. Even people who fancied themselves revolutionaries were unhappy with Che’s communism. In the end, the monument was nixed. A similar debate erupted five years later, when Ireland issued a commemorative stamp honoring Che.

Che Guevara StampLeft: A Cuban tribute to Che. Right: A controversial Irish stamp based on a famous print by Jim Fitzpatrick. (Right: Fair Use)

In 1999, Argentina issued a stamp commemorating the 30th anniversary of Che’s death, based on a famous print by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick. (You can buy copies of the famous print from FitzPatrick.) Cuba and Bolivia have also issued stamps honorng the slain leader.

Despite disagreements on his legacy, Time named Che one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

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