From today’s Washington Times:
Daughter returns to site of Guevara death
By Martin Arostegui
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
October 11, 2006
SANTA CRUZ, Boliva — An emotional visit by Aleida Guevara to mark the 39th anniversary of the slaying of her legendary father, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, has revived bitter arguments over the revolutionary’s legacy and Bolivia’s current ties with Cuba.
“My father was brutally assassinated by the Bolivian army,” said Miss Guevara during a weekend pilgrimage to the small village of La Higuera on the arid eastern foothills, where a sick and emaciated Guevara spent his final days in 1967. Speaking from the small schoolhouse in which her father was shot, she called for those responsible to be put on trial.
Gary Prado, the retired general who led the pursuit of Guevara, presided at the same time over a memorial ceremony for his soldiers killed in the U.S.-assisted operation. Speaking from the 8th army division garrison in Santa Cruz, he accused the government of “honoring an invader.”
“El Che came here armed; he came to kill,” said the wheelchair bound Gen. Prado, who called Miss Guevara’s visit an “act of hostile propaganda.”
The article goes on to say that very few locals showed up at La Higuera, the site of the “ceremonies” and quote the owner of a local eatery with what Is an incredibly profound and quite telling statement:
“We don’t like the kind of people that the memory of El Che attracts here,”
Aleida Guevara, expectantly, has made it a point to defend her father’s memory and his ideals, despite the fact that the last time she saw her father in person she was 4 years old. Naively, she states:
“He gave up his love for family to dedicate himself to more important tasks,”
More important tasks. Like the killing of innocents and the push for a nuclear armageddon.
And guess who set up the whole ceremonial enchilada?
Miss Guevara’s appearances were carefully arranged by Cuban officials, who kept her away from journalists. When a reporter tried to approach her, a Cuban Embassy employee blocked the way, saying, “No questions.”
Roman Alonzo, a Bolivian diplomat and political analyst who has served in Cuba, noted a similarity between the events and Cuban Communist Party rallies.
“Her visit may be intended as a morale booster for the more than 2,000 Cuban doctors and aid workers here,” he said. About 30 Cuban doctors in Bolivia have recently defected.
Seriously, does anyone really believe that Cuba’s sending of doctors to third world nations is an act of humanitarian aid?
I truly pity Aleida Guevara, for she is just defending a father she never knew, and through that becomes an accomplice to his brutality in inhumanity and thus she, too, must bear the sins of the father.