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5 REASONS WHY CHE’S NOT COOL

Che the Racist


It’s not uncommon to see Che Guevara t-shirts worn proudly across the world. His portrait is one of the most iconic in history and the most reproduced image in the history of photography.

In fact, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. He is revered almost as a god in Cuba. School children start their day by reciting “we will be like Che.”

Unfortunately, many are not educated about the true nature of the Cuban Revolution, much less Che’s part in it. Despite its claimed goals of liberty and social justice, the Cuban Revolution was instead marked most of all by violence and strife. But in typical communist fashion, the regime in Havana has mixed propaganda and violence to portray a romantic image of this revolutionary criminal.

1.) He ordered hundreds of executions without trials.

Forget due process. During the Cuban Revolution, Che condemned to death many who had never been properly charged or given a lawyer. The New York Times estimated that in the first two months of the Cuban Revolution, there were approximately 528 firing squad executions. The Black Book on Communism cites a total of 14,000 executions by the end of the 1960s. Che was quoted in 1962 by the editor of the RevolucÍon, Carlos Franqui, as saying “We executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation.”[i]

Dissenters from the new regime, including unarmed civilians, were not tolerated. Che explained his approach to justice thus: “We don’t need proof to execute a man. We only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him.” He made no secret of his disdain for conventional legal standards, calling evidence and burden of proof “archaic bourgeois detail(s).”[ii]

In a speech before the United Nations in December of 1964, Che confirmed his government’s ruthless reputation, declaring, “Yes, we have executed, we are executing, and we will continue to execute.”[iii]

2.) He openly despised the United States.

Not only did Che despise the “imperialists” of the United States, but he also freely stated he wanted to launch a nuclear war against America.

In 1962, after the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the withdrawal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, Che told London’s Daily Worker, “If the missiles had remained we would have used them against the very heart of the United States, including New York. We must never establish a peaceful coexistence.”

Che believed the only way to deal with the American “hyena” was through extermination, and that building a better world required nuclear war.

3.) Hatred and mass murder were at the heart of his revolution.

Che was a cold-blooded killer – and he enjoyed it. He said “a relentless hatred” toward the enemy transforms the men in his army into “an effective, violent, selective, and cold killing machine.” He even wrote to his own father that, “My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood…I’d like to confess, Papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing.”

Che was absolutely merciless when it came to seeing the revolution through, and was willing to countenance mass murder towards this end. “What we affirm is that we must proceed along the path of liberation even if this costs millions of atomic victims.”[iv]

4.) There was no room for freedom of speech in his revolution.

In a truly free society, people are allowed the freedom of expression. With this freedom of expression comes freedom of speech, press, and dissent. Che spoke openly with José Pardo Llada, a Cuban journalist, and told Llada, “We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press.”[v]

Having an open dialogue about different opinions was not an option in the “free Cuba.” Che’s fanaticism even infected his personal relationships—he only made friends with those who were like-minded: “My friends are friends only so long as they think as I do politically.”[vi]

5.) He enacted a prison system much like that of Soviet Russia.

Like Stalin with his Soviet Gulag camps, Che set up political prisons where hard labor was enforced. These re-education camps were a way to punish accused counter-revolutionaries, dissenters, and political opponents. “We send to Guanahacabibes [i.e., Cuban labor camp] people who have committed crimes against revolutionary morals…it is hard labor…the working conditions are harsh…”[vii]

CHE ENACTED A PRISON SYSTEM MUCH LIKE THE SOVIET GULAG.

Included in this criminal system were ‘delinquents’ or those who were involved with drinking, disrespecting authority, and being lazy or playing loud music. Homosexuals were singled out for particularly brutal treatment.[viii] Also included in the definition of ‘delinquents’ were Catholic priests, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other religious persons. In 1959, Fidel Castro appointed Che as the commandant of a fortress turned prison called La Cabaña in Havana. At one point, between 800 and 1,000 prisoners were housed in the facility when full capacity allowed for 300.[ix]

So before you jump on the pop-culture bandwagon and purchase your Che Guevara t-shirt and other Che paraphernalia, understand who he was and what he REALLY stood for: hatred, intolerance, and mass murder.

 

[i] http://cubaarchive.org/home/images/stories/che-guevara_interior-pages_en_final.pdf

[ii] http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2054

[iii] ibid.

[iv] ibid.

[v] http://cubaarchive.org/home/images/stories/che-guevara_interior-pages_en_final.pdf

[vi] http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2054

[vii] ibid.

[viii] http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/truth-about-che-guevara

[ix] http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1535

SHAME: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo Honors Homophobe, Racist and Murderer

Che Racist

Ah, Paris. The city of romance, style, sophistication…not to mention liberté, égalité, fraternité. It’s all so civilized, so humanistic, so… je ne sais quoi. Perhaps a mere Cuban should not presume to understand its ways, let alone pass judgment on it, but alas, I am one of “those people,” and you know how they are.

The current (and first female) mayor of Paris is Anne Hidalgo, born in Spain of Spanish parents but raised in France. Unlike her horrid technically female counterparts in Madrid and Barcelona, she’s presentable, can smile pleasantly and could pass for a nice person. Of course, she is a Socialist, so there’s that. She’s also an outspoken atheist, but that’s hardly worse than being a fake or dangerously heretical “Christian” (like, well, you know).

But let’s cut to the chase: the ritzy Paris Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), obviously her turf, is now holding a free public exhibition (Dec 20-Feb 17) called “Che in Paris.” Apparently to drum up visitors, Hidalgo tweeted this on Dec 28:

Avec l’exposition Le CHE à Paris, la capitale rend hommage à une figure de la révolution devenue une icône militante et romantique. A découvrir gratuitement à l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris.

“The capital honors a revolutionary figure that has become a militant and romantic icon.” HonorsRomanticHerwords.

Displayed prominently in large letters on a wall at the exhibit is this gem from Che, which sounds even better in French:

Il faut s’endurcir sans perdre la tendresse. “One must toughen up without losing tenderness.” Words fail, but then again, they’d probably be redundant. We’re all excruciatingly familiar with Che’s tenderness.

Yes, to be fair, there has been negative reaction in France to this, uh, gaucherie (though not, of course, from the left), and Hidalgo has been put on the defensive, especially concerning the wording in her exceedingly, uh, dubious tweet. She claims she did not call Che romantic, but only said he had become a romantic figure. Classic, n’est-ce pas? Vil Clinton would approve the dodge, no doubt. She also claims the controversy has been engineered by the extreme right. Sound familiar? It would to Mrs. Clinton.

But I don’t want to tirarme pal solar or anything and hurl obscenities at Madame Hidalgo. I have just three words for her: Santocielo, el asco.

Never Forget…The 164 Souls

Freedom Cuba

The victims of Ché Guevara

A list of Ché Guevara’s victims documented at cubaarchive.org (H/T Emanaciones):

Executed by Ché in the Sierra Maestra during the battle against Batista (1957-1958 )

1. Aristio-10-57
2.Manuel Capitán – 1957
3. Juan Chang – 9-57
4. “Bisco” Echevarría Martínez – 8-57
5. Eutimio Guerra – 2-18-57
6. Dionisio Lebrigio – 9-57
7. Juan Lebrigio – 9-57
8. El ” Negro ” Napoles– 2-18-57
9. “Chicho ” Osorio – 1-17-57
10. An unidentified teacher (“El Maestro”) – 9-57
11-12. Two brothers, spies from the group belonging to Masferrer -9-57
13-14 Two unidentified peasants -4-57

Executed or ordered to be executed by Che during his brief command in Santa Clara (1-3 of January, 1959).

1. Ramón Alba – 1-3-59**
2. José Barroso– 1-59
3. Joaquín Casillas Lumpuy – 1-2-59**
4. Félix Cruz – 1-1-59
5. Alejandro García Olayón – 1-31-59**
6. Héctor Mirabal – 1-59
7. J. Mirabal- 1-59
8. Felix Montano – 1-59
9. Cornelio Rojas – 1-7-59**
10. Vilalla – 1-59
11. Domingo Alvarez Martínez 1-4-59**
12. Cano del Prieto -1-7-59**
13. José Fernández Martínez-1-2-59**
14. José Grizel Segura-1-7-59** (Manacas)
15. Arturo Pérez Pérez-1-24-59**
16. Ricardo Rodríguez Pérez-1-11-59**
17. Francisco Rosell -1-11-59**
18. Ignacio Rosell Leyva -1-11-59**
19. Antonio Ruíz Beltrán -1-11-59**
20. Ramón Santos García-1-12-59**
21. Pedro SocarrásS-1-12-59**
22. Manuel Valdés – 1-59
23. Tace José Veláquez -12-59**
** Che signed the death warrant before leaving Santa Clara.

Documented executions that took place in “La Cabaña” prison while under the command of Ché (3 of January through the 26 of November, 1959).

1. Vilau Abreu – 7-3-59
2. Humberto Aguiar – 1959
3. Garmán Aguirre – 1959
4. Pelayo Alayón – 2-59
5. José Luis Alfaro Sierra – 7-1-59
6. Pedro Alfaro – 7-25-59
7. Mriano Alonso – 7-1-59
8. José Alvaro – 3-1-59
9. Alvaro Anguieira Suárez – 1-4-59
10. Aniella – 1959
11. Mario Ares Polo– 1-2-59
12. José Ramón Bacallao – 12-23-59**
13. Severino Barrios – 12-9-59**
14. Eugenio Bécquer – 9-29-59
15. Francisco Bécquer – 7-2-59
16. Ramón Biscet– 7-5-59
17. Roberto Calzadilla – 1959
18. Eufemio Cano – 4-59
19. Juan Capote Fiallo – 5-1-59
20. Antonio Carralero – 2-4-59
21. Gertrudis Castellanos – 5-7-59
22. José Castaño Quevedo – 3-6-59.
23. Raúl Castaño – 5-30-59
24. Eufemio Chala – 12-16-59**
25. José Chamace – 10-15-59
26. José Chamizo – 3-59
27. Raúl Clausell – 1-28-59
28. Angel Clausell – 1-18-59
29. Demetrio Clausell – 1-2-59
30. José Clausell-1-29-59
31. Eloy Contreras– 1-18-59
32. Alberto Corbo – 12-7-59**
33. Emilio Cruz Pérez – 12-7-59**
34. Orestes Cruz – 1959
35. Adalberto Cuevas – 7-2-59**
36. Cuni – 1959
37. Antonio de Beche – 1-5-59
38. Mateo Delgado-12-4-59
39. Armando Delgado – 1-29-59
40. Ramón Despaigne – 1959
41. José Díaz Cabezas 7-30-59
42. Fidel Díaz Marquina – 4-9-59
43. Antonio Duarte – 7-2-59
44. Ramón Fernández Ojeda – 5-29-59
45. Rudy Fernández – 7-30-59
46. Ferrán Alfonso – 1-12-59
47. Salvador Ferrero – 6-29-59
48. Victor Figueredo – 1-59
49. Eduardo Forte – 3-20-59
50. Ugarde Galán – 1959
51. Rafael García Muñiz – 1-20-59
52. Adalberto García 6-6-59
53. Alberto García – 6-6-59
54. Jacinto García – 9-8-59
55. Evelio Gaspar – 12-4-59**
56. Armada Gil y Diez y Diez Cabezas- 12-4-59**
57. José González Malagón – 7-2-59
58. Evaristo Benerio González – 11-14-59
59. Ezequiel González-59
60. Secundino González – 1959
61. Ricardo Luis Grao – 2-3-59
62. Ricardo José Grau – 7-59
63. Oscar Guerra – 3-9-59
64. Julián Hernádez -2-9-59
65. Francisco Hernández Leyva – 4-15-59
66. Antonio Hernández – 2-14-59
67. Gerardo Hernández – 7-26-59
68. Olegario Hernández – 4-23-59
69. Secundino Hernández – 1-59
70. Rodolfo Hernández Falcón – 1-9-59
71. Raúl Herrera -2-18-59
72. Jesús Insua-7-30-59
73. Enrique Izquierdo- 7-3—59
74. Silvino Junco – 11-15-59
75. Enrique La Rosa- 1959
76. Bonifacio Lasaparla- 1959
77. Jesús Lazo Otaño -1959
78. Ariel Lima Lago – 8-1-59- (Menor)
79. René López Vidal -7-3-59
80. Armando Mas – 2-17-59
81. Ornelio Mata- 1-30-59
82. Evelio Mata Rodriguez- 2-8-59
83. Elpidio Mederos -1-9-59
84. José Medina -5-17-59
85. José Mesa 7-23-59
86. Fidel Mesquía Díaz 7-11-59
87. Juan Manuel Milián – 1959
88. Jose Milián Pérez – 4-3-59
89. Francisco Mirabal – 5-29-59
90. Luis Mirabal – 1959
91. Ernesto Morales – 1959
92. Pedro Morejón – 3-59
93. Carlos Muñoz M.D.- 1959
94. César Nicolardes Rojas- 1-7-59
95. Víctor Nicolardes Rojas- 1-7-59
96. José Nuñez – 3-59
97. Viterbo O’Reilly – 2-27-59
98. Félix Oviedo – 7-21-59
99. Manuel Paneque – 8-16-59
100. Pedro Pedroso – 12-1-59**
101. Diego Pérez Cuesta – 1959
102. Juan Pérez Hernández – 5-29-59
103. Diego Pérez Crela – 4-3-59
104. José Pozo – 1-59
105. Emilio Puebla – 4-30-59
106. Alfredo Pupo – 5-29-59
107. Secundino Ramírez – 4-2-59
108. Ramón Ramos – 4-23-59
109. Pablo Ravelo Jr. – 9-15-59
110. Rubén Rey Alberola – 2-27-59
111. Mario Risquelme – 1-29-59
112. Fernando Rivera – 10-8-59
113. Pablo Rivero- 5-59
114. Manuel Rodríguez – 3-1-59
115. Marcos Rodríguez -7-31-59
116. Nemesio Rodríguez – 7-30-59
117. Pablo Rodriguez – 10-1-59
118. Ricardo Rodriguez – 5-29-59
119. Olegario Rodriguez Fernández-4-23-59
120. José Saldara – 11-9-59
121. Pedro Santana – 2-59
122. Sergio Sierra – 1-9-59
123. Juan Silva – 8-59
124. Fausto Silva – 1-29-59
125. Elpidio Soler- 11-8-59
126. Jseús Sosa Blanco – 2-8-59
127. Renato Sosa- 6-28-59
128. Sergio Sosa – 8-20-59
129. Pedro Soto – 3-20-59
130. Oscar Suárez – 4-30-59
131. Rafael Tarrago – 2-18-59
132. Teodoro Tellez Cisneros- 1-3-59
133. Francisco Tellez-1-3-59
134. José Tin- 1-12-59
135. Francisco Travieso -1959
136. Leonrardo Trujillo – 2-27-59
137. Trujillo – 1959
138. Lupe Valdéz Barbosa – 3-22-59
139. Marcelino Valdéz – 7-21-59
140. Antonio Valentín – 3-22-59
141. Manuel Vázquez-3-22-59
142. Sergio Vázquez-5-29-59
143. Verdecia – 1959
144. Dámaso Zayas -7-23-59
145. José Alvarado -4-22-59
146. Leonoardo Baró- 1-12-59
147. Raúl Concepción Lima – 1959
148. Eladio Caro – 1-4-59
149. Carpintor – 1959
150. Carlos Corvo Martíenz – 1959
151. Juan Guillermo Cossío – 1959
152. Corporal Ortega – 7-11-59
153. Juan Manuel Prieto – 1959
154. Antonio Valdéz Mena – 5-11-59
155. Esteban Lastra – 1-59
156. Juan Felipe Cruz Serafín-6-59**
157. Bonifacio Grasso – 7-59
158. Feliciano Almenares – 12-8-59
159. Antonio Blanco Navarro – 12-10-59**
160. Albeto Carola – 6-5-59
161. Evaristo Guerra- 2-8-59
162. Cristobal Martínez – 1-16-59
163. Pedro Rodríguez – 1-10-59
164. Francisco Trujillo- 2-18-59