Our good friend George from the Real Cuba has translated a letter he received from Dr. Darsi Ferrer detailing his opinion of Che Guevara:
Read what Dr. Darsi Ferrer has to say about the “Heroic Guerrilla” che Guevara
Dr. Darsi Ferrer sent me the following article about che Guevara. I translated into English. You can read the original article in Spanish below the English translation.
Of the so-called “Heroic Guerrilla” it has been said in his biography that he was a medical doctor.
But why is not known testimony asserting that he was among the graduates that year at Argentina’s School of Medicine?
Why isn’t there even a graduation group photo, as it’s still customary, where Ernesto Guevara could be identified among the group of graduates? How could Guevara have been able to graduate as a physician, as required by the traditional education system, without doing the required internships at hospitals for the different specialties?
How is it possible that in Mexico, a country where in the decade of the 50s being white was a symbol of status, and despite being a “Medical Doctor” with a degree from the prestigious School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Guevara was only able to find work as a walking photographer emulating with Cantinflas?
For several months after the overthrow of the pro-leftist regime of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, Mr. Guevara remained inside the Argentine Embassy in that country. It was completely unjustified for him to be labeled as a political refugee, because he had not participated in any of the actions for or against the deposed regime. However, as a stentorian Peronist of his time, which was like saying being a tropical fascist, he enjoyed the accommodation that President Perón gave to his followers.
So false was his asylum application that, even though he was freed of having to work to support himself, when he finally got tired of living trapped inside the embassy, he had no problem in traveling normally around the country and without the slightest consular protection was able to cross the border into Mexico. And, as frustrating as it may be for those who idolize him, the truth is that no one was looking for him.
A sinister forgotten chapter in every biography of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna occurred in December 1958, in the midst of the occupation by Castro rebels of the city of Santa Clara. A dozen supporters of Batista had taken refuge at the Santa Clara Hotel, taking hostage approximately one hundred guests and employees. “Che” Guevara, without considering the risk of death to civilians, ordered his soldiers to set fire to the hotel with all these people inside, trying to force the Batista followers to surrender.
Luckily, before the fire closed all possible exits, the kidnappers freed all their hostages and allowed them to leave the hotel, but when the Batista followers tried to leave, many of them were shot and killed and others were taken prisoners and probably were later sent to die in front of a firing squad. This information appeared on a January 1959 issue of Carteles magazine, and included several photos of the fire provoked on orders given by Guevara.
In Bolivia, close to where he was killed, stands a memorial to the so called “Heroic Guerrilla,” that has become a place of pilgrimage for many leftist dreamers and even an object of veneration, as if it were the image of a saint. It has been conveniently forgotten that Guevara was a foreign invader who brought war and death for dozens of Bolivians. Where is the monument to the more than forty Bolivian youths who died, victims of his ambushes or while fighting trying to put an end to a bloody conflict threat to their country?
Where is the site of veneration and pilgrimage for them, the true heroes that because of ingratitude and bad propaganda remain forgotten? Does anyone care about their families, their parents, siblings and children? Does anyone remembers and reveres them?
What experience during a prolonged and bloody fighting could Guevara have that with only two years of conflict allowed him to write an entire manual on how to conduct guerrilla warfare? Perhaps he had to be very arrogant and presumptuous, in order to pretend to dictate patterns of irregular warfare with such little personal experience.
Rereading Guevara’s manual, you can find outright blunders and even brazen plagiarism of the Maoist guerrilla warfare manual. Copying these, Guevara, who was by then thirty years old, commits the supreme blunder of not even taking into account the modern use of the helicopter, already widely used in combat in the sixties during the Vietnam War, a deadly foe for even the present day guerrillas.
Retired Gen. Gary Prado, who defeated and captured Guevara in Quebrada del Yuro, says in his memoirs that whenever the “Heroic Guerrilla” tried to implement some of his own recommendations, he always suffered a severe beating at the hands of the Bolivian troops who were hunting him.
Guevara’s earlier experiences as a guerrilla in the Congo were close to a disaster.
Also in Cuba, during the guerrilla war against the forces in the Escambray mountains, that were fighting against the totalitarian regime of Fidel Castro, Guevara tried to polish his title of Master of Guerrilla Warfare and led a siege against the anti-Castro rebels.
The funny thing is that he was the one who ended up being circled by the rebels, and he was barely rescued by a disproportionately massive militia force that the regime had mobilized. Check the latter and demystifying Escambray information in the book, “The Forgotten War,” by Enrique G. Encinosa, 1989.
Dr. Darsi Ferrer, La Habana, Cuba, October 21, 2010