Bad news for admirers of Che Guevara: The cowardly Marxist is still dead and the ideology that inspired him to murder hundreds of innocent victims remains as toxic as ever.
Note to His Admirers: Comandante Ernesto “Che” Guevara is still dead and his ideas remain toxic
“I’d like to confess, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing.” Ernesto “Che” Guevara, in a letter to his father after executing an unarmed man.
Ideas have consequences and those ideas are sometimes represented in iconic images. This is the case of the image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his toxic philosophy of political action that others seek to emulate. He embraced hatred and dehumanization of the other as the means to carry out what he thought necessary actions.
“Blind hate against the enemy creates a forceful impulse that cracks the boundaries of natural human limitations, transforming the soldier in an effective, selective and cold killing machine. A people without hate cannot triumph against the adversary.”
Guevara’s claim to fame was the role he played alongside Fidel and Raul Castro in installing a totalitarian communist dictatorship using violent means, including terrorism, in Cuba then attempting to spread this model using violent means to Africa and Latin America. His efforts failed.
Castro executed thousands of Cubans, locked up hundreds of thousands of Cubans, built a police state, with the assistance of the KGB and the East German Stasi, and imposed revolutionary terror to consolidate power. Credible and conservative estimates of the Castro regime’s death toll against Cuban nationals ran from 35,000 to 141,000, with a median of 73,000. In the beginning executions were televised in Cuba to terrorize the populace.
Che Guevara addressing the United Nations on December 11, 1964 did not mince words: “We must say here something that is a well-known truth and that we have always asserted before the whole world: executions? Yes, we have executed people; we are executing people and shall continue to execute people as long as it is necessary. We know what the result of a losing battle would be and the worms also have to know what the result of the lost battle is today in Cuba.”
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