Rep. Ros-Lehtinen calls on Irish PM to put an end to proposed Ché monument in Galway, Ireland
U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has written a letter to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny calling on him to put an end to a monument and 20-acre park in honor of Argentine psychopath and mass murderer, Ernesto "Ché" Guevara. While the Irish prime minister has managed to stay out of the fray, this letter will force him to finally step up and either do the right thing and end this insult to the victims of Ché, or explain to the Chairman, and the world, why Ireland should erect a monument to a vicious killer.
When the news of a proposed monument in Galway, Ireland broke here in the U.S. a few weeks ago, the Galway City Council and members of the Irish government began to feel the heat of protest. It all started with Irish businessman and political activist Declan Ganley, who led and continues to lead the Irish effort to end this insane and grossly insensitive project. He has been joined by freedom loving people from all over the world, and notably, a trio of U.S. lawmakers (Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, and Rep. David Rivera) who immediately voiced their just outrage at such a heinous monument to a murderous thug.
The first reaction from the leftists in Ireland who support the Ché monument was typical of the left: Vicious and nasty attacks against those who opposed their idea, from the Cuban-American lawmakers to one of their own, Declan Ganley. When that failed to intimidate or quiet the opposition, they went into lock-down mode in an attempt to close the discussion and wait for the storm of controversy to pass.
Unfortunately for Ireland's Ché lovers, the storm has not passed. Moreover, it remains stationary over Galway, Ireland blowing just as strong as when it first appeared. The conversation is not over, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is making sure of that.
The text of Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's letter to Prime Minister Enda Kenny:
March 20, 2012
His Excellency Enda Kenny
Dear Taoiseach Kenny,
I am writing to express my concern regarding the proposal by the City Council of Galway to build a monument in honor of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and respectfully request that the Government of Ireland, instead, render its support to and honor the enslaved Cuban people who seek to be free from the dictatorship that Che helped impose on them.
Che Guevara was a mass murderer and human rights abuser, whose campaign led to the murder of countless people throughout Cuba, under the Castro regime, and Latin America. The romanticizing image that this proposed monument portrays would serve to diminish the brutality that was committed by Che and the painful suffering endured by many Cuban-American families and his other victims far and wide.
Democratic values are under assault in the Western Hemisphere, as apparent by recent developments in the ALBA states of Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Now is a crucial time for responsible nations to stand in solidarity with one another in order to protect universal human rights and demonstrate their support for democracy in Latin America.
Erecting a monument to Che Guevara in Galway, or anywhere in Ireland, would serve as a horrific reminder of the brutality that was suffered under Che’s direction. I respectfully request that your government honor the victims of Che and the Castro dictatorship by rejecting this proposal.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
A copy of the original letter is available HERE.