PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • Carlos Eire: Well… who’s going to dare to tell the Sun King: “Your Majesty does NOT have the fairest legs in...

  • asombra: Carlos, Louis XIV was just trying to show off his legs, which were reputedly the finest in Europe (at least everyone around...

  • asombra: Well, at least he’s not running around like a fat Michael Jackson or wearing “folk” costumes like the Latrines.

  • asombra: When people get screwed as badly as we have for as long as we have, I suppose they have a right to be bitter, angry and...

  • asombra: Just look at them. Even in the “formal” photo they’re embarrassingly disgraceful–it’s just that...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

“A Glorious Anniversary”

Glorious indeed. Who better to write about than our own cirujano, Humberto Fontova:

Forty two years ago today, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. Historically speaking, justice has rarely been better served. If the saying "What goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here.

"When you saw the beaming look on Che's face as the victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad," said a former Cuban political prisoner, to your humble servant, "you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara." As commander of the La Cabana execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of the condemned man (or boy) by firing the coup de grace himself. When other duties tore him away from his beloved execution yard, he consoled himself by viewing the slaughter. Che's second-story office in La Cabana had a section of wall torn out so he could watch his darling firing-squads at work.

[...]

So for many, the questions remains: how did such an incurable doofus, sadist and epic idiot attain such iconic status?

The answer is that this psychotic and thoroughly unimposing vagrant named Ernesto Guevara de la Serna y Lynch had the magnificent fortune of linking up with modern history's top press agent, Fidel Castro, who -- from the New York Times' Herbert Matthews in 1957, through CBS' Ed Murrow in 1959 to CBS' Dan Rather, to ABC's Barbara Walters, to NBC's Andrea Mitchell more recently -- always had the mainstream media anxiously scurrying to his every beck and call and eating out of his hand like trained pigeons.

Had Ernesto Guevara not linked up with Raul and Fidel Castro in Mexico city that fateful summer of 1955 -- had he not linked up with a Cuban exile named Nico Lopez in Guatemala the year before who later introduced him to Raul and Fidel Castro in Mexico City -- everything points to Ernesto continuing his life of a traveling hobo, panhandling, mooching off women, staying in flophouses and scribbling unreadable poetry.

Che's image is particularly ubiquitous on college campuses. But in the wrong places. He belongs in the marketing, PR and advertising departments. His lessons and history are fascinating and valuable, but only in light of P.T. Barnum. One born every minute, Mr. Barnum? If only you'd lived to see the Che phenomenon. Actually, ten are born every second.

His pathetic whimpering while dropping his fully-loaded weapons as two Bolivian soldiers approached him on Oct. 8 1967 ("Don't shoot!" I'm Che!" I'm worth more to you alive than dead!") proves that this cowardly, murdering swine was unfit to carry his victims' slop buckets.

2 comments to “A Glorious Anniversary”

  • OmarD

    Nice post Humberto. A very fitting tribute.

  • Honey

    How did such an incurable doofus, sadist and epic idiot attain such iconic status?
    I know, it is hard to believe that the Nobel committee could choose him for the Peace Prize.
    Oh, that was the previous post.
    Ha.
    Alright, Obama is not an idiot and maybe sadist doesn't cut it. But you get the idea.