Not everyone in Ireland is ignorant of Ché Guevara’s murderous history or repression in Cuba
Just yesterday, I had two posts that dealt with first, the imbecilic love affair some in Ireland have with mass-murderer Ché Guevara, and second, the ignorance so pervasive in this country and the world regarding the reality of life in Cuba under the repressive dictatorship of the Castro regime. However, once in a while, we are blessed with a reprieve from these annoying and disturbing phenomenons.
In today's Irish Independent, Ian O'Doherty brilliantly tackles the Irish Ché love fest and in doing so, addresses the ignorance regarding Cuba as well.
Death to...bus loads of imperialist Americans!
The Irish tendency to romanticise murderous fanatics finds its most ludicrous expression in the constant outpourings of adulation for Cuba.It's not a dictatorship at all, oh no.
In fact, according to Finian McGrath, Cuba is merely "a different form of democracy".
Well, yes, Finian, that is true. In the way that anything that isn't democracy is a different form of democracy. Or, come to think of it, black is a different form of white.
In fact, I've seen numerous friends return from Cuba completely disillusioned at the discovery that their fantasies of a socialist Utopia had been dashed upon the rocks of the grim reality – corruption, poverty, prostitution and a class system far more rigidly enforced than anything you will ever see in America.
Their disappointment was almost identical to the one I saw when I was brought to Romania as a child on a 'workers holiday' by my father – we were there during the height of Ceausescu's pomp, and it quickly became clear that socialism is a great system until you have to live under it.
But would Irish people be so interested in Cuban affairs if it hadn't been for Che Guevara and the spurious 'links' he had with this country?
And now the village of Kilkee, in Clare, has become the front line for a row of Ted-esque proportions after the council removed a mural of Guevara ahead of the village's annual Latin-American festival.
The mural had been up for the previous two festivals, but following allegations of complaints from a bus load of American tourists that his image was 'offensive', it has now been removed.
And Guevara's Irish fans are, as you would expect, livid.
I particularly enjoyed the delightfully vainglorious remark by one local councillor that she: "Wouldn't be dictated to by the Americans".
Ah yes, the Mouse That Whinged.
Maybe she'll get to classify herself as an "officially oppressed person" after the council's decision?
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