On 9 October 1967, blood-thirsty Marxist guerrilla leader and Cuban revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was summarily executed by shooting on orders from then Bolivian President, René Barrientos.
Just a day earlier, assisted by US Green Beret and CIA operatives, Bolivian forces had surrounded and defeated Guevara and his Communist guerilla forces in the Bolivian jungle. They had been fomenting revolutionary activity in Bolivia for a year (from late 1966) after failing to foment a Marxist revolution in the African Congo in 1965, where a despondent Guevara blamed his failure on:
“The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meagre wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”
When captured by the Bolivians, the 39 year old Guevara infamously cried out, “Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and worth more to you alive than dead.” The Bolivians executed Guevara the next day and chopped off his hands, preserving them in formaldehyde for subsequent fingerprint testing to confirm his identity – a practice authorities have used to suppress warmongering and insurgencies within their sovereign borders (see further details below).
Just as Trotsky was Marxist leader Lenin’s ruthless and blood-thirsty right hand man (and co-conspirator, forces commander and chief executioner) under the Russian revolution, civil war and its aftermath, so too was Guevara to Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution and aftermath.
Like so many brutal and ruthless Marxist leaders, Guevara is ironically seen by the Left as a symbol of freedom and social justice – a rebel and icon of leftist radicalism and anti-imperialism. Yet questioning or dissenting from Guevara was typically met with imprisonment or execution – his way or nothing and worse (with a short fuse to boot).
Push back against the pop icon treatment and historical revision about Che Guevara on this anniversary of his death by:
- watching this 2011 Fox News documentary on “The Cult of Che”
- viewing this brief clip on "The Truth about Che Guevara" - mass murderer and international terrorist - and how "October 9 is 'No More Che Day' on campuses across America"
- reading this 2007 book, “Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him” by Humberto Fontova
- shaking your head in dismay - or even challenging the proponent - of any pro-“Che” T-shirt, poster or social media post you see this week, and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, conservatives, classical liberals, anti-nihilists and those that know the futility in Guevara’s Marxist 'utopian' pursuits and the danger with such single-mindedness and flawed character.
Further details on Guevara
Born on 14 June 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, Guevara was the restless eldest of five children in a upper-middle class Spanish family (with some Irish descent). Nicknamed “pig” at school – as he did not bathe often and smelled bad – he also enjoyed killing dogs.
Guevara was quite well-read, having access to his father’s range of (mainly left-wing) books. He eventually completed his medical degree in 1953 after sojourns of self-discovery travelling Argentina and then the South American continent (with a mate) by motorbike to “find himself” and sate his “hunger to explore the world”. (His notes from these travels contributed to his account entitled, “The Motorcycle Diaries” – a kind of “Das Kapital meets Easy Rider”, or Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”.)
Guevara met Fidel and Raul Castro in 1955 where, from Mexico, they plotted the overthrow of the US-backed Batista government of Cuba. Soon after Guevara joined the Cuba revolutionary movement, Fidel Castro promoted him (with his extreme revolutionary zeal) to commander status. By the late 1950s, after a series of bloody battles, Castro was in charge of Cuba with Guevara now as his chief gaoler and executioner.
Guevara relished rounding up dissenters against the purported Marxist-Soviet style 'utopia', slaughtering the “enemies of the revolution” – as he proclaimed in a speech before the UN General Assembly in 1964 (whilst also mocking US and western imperialism). Over his lifetime, he is estimated to have ordered the execution of between 400 and 2,000 largely defenceless men and boys. (But as any Marxist utopian would say, to make an omelette, you first need to smash a few eggs.)
By the mid-1960s, Guevara had grown a little bored and disillusioned with Cuba post-revolution and turned his attention to aiding and foment Marxist revolutionary activities in other parts of the world (eg the African Congo and then Bolivia), but was remarkably unsuccessful (thankfully) in both those pursuits.
Guevara's visage - a high-contrast monochrome graphic of his face with beard and beret - has become iconic in consumer and pop culture. It is typically used as a counter-cultural symbol of rebellion - for the so-called dissident "punching up" or speaking out for the (generally leftist, now PC) "noble cause". Created by Irish artist, Jim Fitzpatrick, in 1968 - and later forged and further popularised by Andy Warhol - Guevara's image is now found on posters, billboards, tattoos, T-shirts, hats and even bikinis. With much irony, he has become iconic to the very consumer pop culture his Marxist sole despised - as recognisable as Nike or McDonald's symbols - and much to the embarrassment of his children.
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