Thursday, October 04, 2007


Hey Che

Reviled or revered the name Che stirs up a hornets' nest of emotion. Growing up under the rightwing minority government in South Africa I was taught that Che was something like Satan's brother.
Since then I've learned more about the man and his deeds.
This year markes the 40th anniversary of his capture and execution. Enesto “Che” Guevara met his end a Bolivian jungle where he was attempting to spark a peasant uprising.

Some facts about Mr G:

  • Born in Argentina in 1928, Guevara became a Marxist after a motorcycle ride through South America opened his eyes to poverty when he was still a medical student.

  • Guevara witnessed the CIA-backed ouster of reformist President Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954. A year later, he met Fidel Castro in Mexico City and joined his revolutionary movement.

  • Guevara suffered from asthma but it did not keep him from playing a leading role in the guerrilla war that Castro waged from Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains against dictator Fulgencio Batista, who fled the country on New Year's Day 1959.

  • The iconic image of Guevara gazing into the distance with long hair tucked into a black beret was taken in 1960 by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda at a memorial service for victims killed when a freighter loaded with Belgian weapons blew up in Havana's harbour.

  • Guevara was president of Cuba's central bank for 14 months. He signed all Cuban banknotes with his nickname “Che,” a common Argentine expression meaning “hey.”

  • Seeking to export revolution to Africa, Guevara joined the guerrilla fighters of Laurent Kabila in the Congo in 1965, but was disappointed with their incompetence and infighting and the short-lived Cuban expedition was a fiasco.

  • Guevara left for Bolivia in 1966 to start a new guerrilla movement with the idea of creating “two, three, many Vietnams” in Latin America.

  • He was captured on Oct 8, 1967, and executed the next day by the Bolivian army in a schoolhouse in La Higuera. His hands were severed so they could be used to confirm his identity, and he was buried secretly at an airfield.

  • Guevara's bones were dug up in 1997, returned to Cuba and placed in a mausoleum in Santa Clara, the site of his biggest military victory.

A "legend" so to say who was also a narcotraficante and a psycopath that presided over the Cuban Revolution's first firing squads and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: "Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …"

hey inko?
That would be as opposed to the American government's drug running, murder, torture, executions and sponsored mayhem, right?
Or against the South African apartheid government's drug pushing of ecstacy on its population huh? Oh hmm, what about the hangings of black nationalists, or the beating to death of Steve Biko. Nice people, these capitalists are.
Not so much a psychopath as a man who didn't let some anonymous man in a white coat carry out his death orders, but did it himself.
This "hero" piece of shit also used to watch the execution of his enemies from his office while smoking his favourite cigars... so much for doing it himself.

Not counting the huge human cost of communist ideologies…

Here, have some caviar and vodka… enjoy life while u can you little red aristocrat!
Yes, he did watch them. They had been given a trial and convicted, which is more than can be said for the leader of your country who sends his soldiers to rape and kill in the name of democracy and the mighty US dollar.
Yes, Che oversaw the executions and the trials of the criminals of the previous regime. Those days the death sentence was the norm.
And FYIW, I'm not a "little" red aristocract. I'm a big red businessman.
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