An essay by Dr. Douglas Young, Professor of Political Science & History at
Gainesville State College
February 10, 2009 Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean to a
leftist “martyr,” this time Ernesto Guevara. So let’s recall the real “Che” and
try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still
swoon over this Stalinist mass-murderer.
The meticulous myth of Senor Guevara is of a handsome Argentine heroically
helping Fidel Castro’s guerrillas liberate Cuba from Fulgencio Batista’s
military dictatorship in 1959. Then he became a global revolutionary icon
inspiring the downtrodden to rise up everywhere, even personally leading rebel
warriors in the Congo before being executed doing the same in Bolivia in 1967.
The (communist) party line says Che personifies the selfless humanitarian
courageously fighting for “social justice.” He’s the Marxists’ martyred Christ
figure replete with pictures of his half-naked corpse riddled with bullet holes.
And the classic poster of an angry young Guevara has scarred countless college
dorm rooms for over 40 years, putting a face on the eternally young rebel for
angry adolescents everywhere.
The real Guevara was a reckless bourgeois adrenaline-junkie seeking a place in
history as a liberator of the oppressed. But this fanatic’s vehicle of
“liberation” was Stalinism, named for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, murderer of
well over 20 million of his own people. As one of Castro’s top lieutenants, Che
helped steer Cuba’s revolutionary regime in a radically repressive direction.
Soon after overthrowing Batista, Guevara choreographed the executions of
hundreds of Batista officials without any fair trials. He thought nothing of
summarily executing even fellow guerrillas suspected of disloyalty and shot one
himself with no due process.
Che was a purist political fanatic who saw everything in stark black and white.
Therefore he vociferously opposed freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly,
protest, or any other rights not completely consistent with his North
Korean-style communism. How many rock music-loving teens sporting Guevara
t-shirts today know their hero supported Cuba’s 1960s’ repression of the genre?
How many homosexual fans know he had gays jailed?
Did the Obama volunteers in that Texas campaign headquarters with Che’s poster
on the wall know that Guevara fervently opposed any free elections? How
“progressive” is that?
How socially just was it that Che was enraged when the Russians blinked during
the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and withdrew their nuclear missiles from the
island, thus averting a nuclear war? Guevara was such a zealous ideologue that
he relished the specter of millions of Cuban lives sacrificed on the altar of
communism, declaring Cuba “a people ready to sacrifice itself to nuclear arms,
that its ashes might serve as a basis for new societies.” Some humanitarian.
Che was a narcissist who boasted that “I have no house, wife, children, parents,
or brothers; my friends are friends as long as they think like me, politically.”
This is a role model for today’s “post-political” voters claiming we should get
Adding to the ridiculousness of the Che cult is that he was virtually a complete
failure. As a medical doctor, he never even had a practice. When put in charge
of the Cuban economy at the start of Castro’s government, his uncompromising
communist diktats ran it completely into the ground, from which it never
recovered. Humiliated, and also angry that Castro wasn’t fomenting enough
revolution abroad, he then tried to lead such quixotic adventures in Argentina,
the Congo, and Bolivia, failing miserably everywhere while sacrificing the lives
of scores of naïve, idealistic young followers as deluded pawns in the service
of his personality cult.
Another reason he fled Cuba in the mid-1960s was the complete mess he made of
his private life. Though he preached sexual purity to his colleagues, he was a
shameless adulterer who abandoned two wives and many children, some legitimate,
others not. As a grandson put it, “he was never home.” The public Che who
supposedly had such great love for humanity privately couldn’t stand most folks.
Guevara’s promiscuous communist adventurism was the pattern of a terminal
adolescent running away from his problems to get caught up in some heroic
crusade against his eternal bete noir, “Yankee imperialism.”
So why do so many well-heeled American libs still admire this thug? Are the
young simply ignorant of his execrable record and drawn to the image of the
dashing young rebel? Do older progressives feel guilt for their free market
prosperity, and showing solidarity with Che absolves them? Do
hippies-turned-yuppies get nostalgic for their youthful protests and rationalize
that the symbolism of Che as a “social reformer” eclipses his actual horrific
human rights record? And are some American Guevaraistas truly dangerous leftists
who seek to emulate their icon and destroy our free, democratic, capitalist
society? Ask that guy wearing the Che t-shirt.
to see a video of the firing squad murder of Col. Cornelio Rojas
kow Che" A Musical Video by Steve Pichan
A message from the author of
You Don't Know Che: "This is a musical challenge to celebrities and
others that proudly wear the image of Che on their clothing, jewelry,
etc. The music was inspired by documentaries that I viewed which exposed
the horrific truth about Che Guevara."
This video was produced by
Agustín Blásquez, AB Independent Productions.
The true face of a terrorist mass murderer, by
the Young America's Foundation
Che Guevara was an international terrorist and mass murderer.
During his vicious campaigns to impose communism on countries
throughout Latin America, che Guevara trained and motivated the Castro regime's
firing squads that executed thousands of men, women and children.
This poster reveals the truth of this criminal's cruel,
murderous hypocrisy and acknowledges his countless victims, known and unknown.
All individuals used in this photo montage were murdered by
che and the Castro regime.
Here we go again.... another bust of che Guevara gets decapitated in
Jan. 27 - Once again, a monument to
Argentinean terrorist che Guevara in Venezuela has lost its head.
This time was in the city of Mérida,
where thousands of students went to the streets on Monday and Tuesday to
protest the closing of a television station by the Chávez regime.
At least two other monuments to the
Argentine mass murderer had been previously destroyed in Venezuela, by
those who do not want Venezuela to become another Cuba.
"No to the closing of RCTV and No more
blackouts," was written on the front of the monument.
The bust was put in place two years ago
across from the Universidad de los Andes (ULA).
On Tuesday students took hammers and
left che headless.
From che Guevara's grandson, Canek
Sanchez Guevara: "The Cuban Revolution died some years ago: it had to be
killed off by those who act in its name to make sure it didn't turn against
them; it was institutionalized and smothered by its own bureaucracy, by
corruption, nepotism and the rigidity of the much-celebrated Cuban
'revolutionary' state. All of my criticism of Fidel Castro comes from his
walking away from the ideals of liberty, from his betrayal of his own people and
his frightening zeal to place the interests of the state above those of his
people. Let's be honest, a young rebel like Fidel Castro in today's Cuba
wouldn't be sent into exile. He would be shot." Published in the Mexican
newspaper Proceso in October of 2004.
"To send men to the firing
squad, judicial proof is unnecessary...These procedures are an archaic bourgeois
detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing
machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the The Wall!
(El Paredón)" --Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Monument to che Guevara in Venezuela was
destroyed only nine days after being inaugurated
On October 8, Venezuelan vice president Jorge Rodríguez. the
Cuban ambassador to Venezuela and other officials of the Cuban and Venezuelan
governments, traveled to Pico El Aguila, one of Venezuela's highest mountains,
to unveil a monument to Argentine mass murderer che Guevara.
The act was carried live by government television in
Venezuela and Cuba and reported in all the official press.
But the monument lasted only nine days. Late last night a
group who calls itself "Comando Patriótico del Páramo" hit the monument with
machine gun fire.
The monument, that was made of heavy armored glass, was
Just two days ago while he was visiting Cuba, Hugo Chávez
made reference to the monument during a speech that he made at Havana's Palace
of Conventions, after signing several economic agreements with acting
"president" Raul Castro.
According to Chávez, the monument to che Guevara was proof of
the love that the Venezuelan people had for the assassin of hundreds of innocent
The Venezuelan government has launched an investigation into
the shooting but has not said whether it would be replaced.
"Che" Guevara dreamed of creating the "New Man" at any cost. During the Cuban
missile crisis, he was in favor of a nuclear war because he believed that a
better world could be built from the ashes, regardless of the cost in millions
of lives. By adhering to his anti-American feelings and pro-Soviet stance, he
achieved a role in history that stands for one failure after another, both in
Cuba, as well as in all the other countries where he went to promote and
disseminate Castro’s Revolution.
"Che" Guevara had all the characteristics of a ruthless dictator and opponent of
freedom. He believed that the end justifies the means, and he fanatically
adhered to this gospel. This "idealized icon" is the one who, as a modern day
Grand Inquisitor, eliminated many of his foes with a single pistol shot to the
back of their heads. And he is also the same one who authored these enhancing
words printed in the identity booklets of young Cuban soldiers sent to fight in
Angola: "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."
Watch the video
the testimony of those who knew Ernesto Guevara, alias Che, and of those who
suffered from his
many crimes. Of his racist comments against
Cubans and Mexicans. The real story of this criminal told by
those who knew him, not the false story told by
Hollywood's pro-Castro crowd.