The last ditch effort to save the Ché monument in Galway, Ireland
While doctors prepare to unplug the life support machines from the Ché Guevara monument proposal in Galway, Ireland, its supporters are attempting a last ditch effort to save a lifeless corpse already wreaking of rigor mortis. In two letters to the editor published in the Galway Advertiser, you cannot help but to chuckle at the desperate attempts by these monument supporters to save their dying memorial to a ruthless murderer.
First up we have Galway City Councillor Billy Cameron, a raging communist and Fidel Castro sycophant who originally proposed the Ché monument. When you read this letter, you are left with only two options: Either Cameron is a completely disingenuous propaganda merchant, or the man is a complete and total illiterate when it comes to documented history.
The words mass murderer has been thrown about like snuff at a wake. The total number of Cubans and US mercenaries who lost their lives during the war of independence or revolution (call it what you like) to liberate Cuba is between 180-200, according to the best academic study. Of those “not one” was innocent of serious crimes including murder, torture, rape for which a military tribunal established their guilt. There were no mass murders or thousands of victims of Che Guevara as some would have you believe.
Next up we have an Edmund King who claims to live in Barcelona, Spain. In his letter, Mr. King gives us a rare combination of "murder is okay as long as you're a revolutionary" with a completely fabricated history of Cuba to argue his point that the Ché memorial should be built.
[T]he fact is that Guevara was part of a war against a ruthless dictator, Fulgencio Batista, who was essentially the United States’ man in Havana. Under Batista, Cuba was basically a rich man´s playground of booze, prostitutes and casinos. Guevara, an Argentine, decided to fight for an ideal he believed in, socialism, in Cuba (and later elsewhere, including Bolivia and what was then called The Congo). And make no mistake, literacy, healthcare, the entire standard of living in fact rose dramatically under the revolutionary government. So much so that Cuba later sent medical aid workers abroad to Nicaragua and Yemen. The revolutionaries did some negative things, yes. And I do believe there ought to be free elections in any country, but if I had a choice between starving under Batista (or if I were an “attractive” enough girl, prostituting myself to foreign businessmen) or fighting under Castro, I would choose fighting every single time.
Apparently, these two are the very best assets the Castro dictatorship has operating in Ireland and these historically challenged and morally reprehensible arguments are the very best they can come up with. It would be quite sad if it were not so deliciously hilarious.
Nevertheless, as the good people of Galway prepare to finally bury this abominable monument to evil, all I can say to Mr. Cameron is pass the snuff.