02/04/09 - AmericanThinker by Humberto Fontova
[edited] Woe to those youths "who stayed up late at night and thus reported late to work at government forced-labor." Guevara wrote "Youth should learn to think and act as a mass. Those who chose their own path" (as in growing long hair and listening to Yankee-Imperialist Rock & Roll) were denounced as worthless "lumpen" and "delinquents." In his famous speech he vowed "to make individualism disappear from Cuba! It is criminal to think of individuals!"
Normally it's one .45 slug that shatters the skull. Eyewitnesses say Tony required POW! POW! POW! -- three. The executioner's hands were shaking pretty badly. They finally managed. Che Guevara, the man Time magazine placed among the "heroes and icons of the Century", had another notch in his gun. Another enemy dispatched, bound and gagged as usual.
Castro and Che were in their mid-30s when they murdered Tony. According to the authoritative "Black Book of Communism" their firing squads riddled another 14,000 bound and gagged freedom-fighters. Many (perhaps most) of their murder victims were boys in their late-teens and early 20s. Some were younger.
[edited] A former Cuban political prisoner told me: "Che's face beamed as the victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad. There was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara." Che often shattered the skull of the condemned man or boy by firing the coup de grace himself.
The young Ernesto Guevara wrote "My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury, I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any vencido that fall in my hands!" Vencido is "surrendered" or "defeated". Indeed, the acrid odor of gunpowder rarely reached Guevara's nostrils from combat. It came from the close-range murders of unarmed and defenseless men and boys.
Rigoberto Hernandez was 17 when Che's soldiers dragged him from his cell in La Cabana and dragged him to the stake. He was a mentally retarded janitor in a Havana high school. His mother had begged and finally proven to his prosecutors that he couldn't possibly have been "a CIA agent planting bombs."
FUEGO! The firing squad volley shattered Rigo's little bent body as he moaned and struggled against his bounds, blindfolded and gagged. Che Guevara instructed his revolutionary courts: "judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail." Harvard Law School invited Che to speak, and gave a rollicking ovation to Fidel Castro during the very midst of this appalling bloodbath.
The Real Che Guevara
02/17/09 - Samizdata by Sol Terra
[edited] 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.
Hollywood's Sick Love Affair With Che Guevara
03/2009 - Reason.TV
A video (8:30) about Che Guevara's influence in Hollywood. There are comments by people who have lived in Cuba under Castro, and in China under Mao.
[edited] Gisele Bundchen wears him on the runway, Johnny Depp wears him around his neck, and Benicio Del Toro becomes him in "Che", the new, highly acclaimed, two-part epic film from Steven Soderbergh. Ernesto "Che" Guevara is the revolutionary who helped found communist Cuba. He is the celebrity that celebrities adore. Be it Madonna, Rage Against the Machine, or Jay-Z, musicians really dig Che.
This baffles Cuban jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera. "Che hated artists, so how is it possible that artists still today support the image of Che Guevara?" It turns out the rebellious icon that emblazons countless T-shirts actually enforced aesthetic and political conformity. D'Rivera explains that Che and other Cuban authorities sought to ban rock n roll and jazz.
AIG Exec Digs Che Guevara?
03/18/09 - American Thinker by Humberto Fontova
The article shows an executive from the bailed-out insurance company AIG, wearing a Che t-shirt at a social event. It talks about how the Cuban people have become poor under Castro despite massive aid from the Soviet Union.
The following quote is from Fontova's new book Exposing the Real Che Guevara.
[edited] After a hard day at the office signing execution warrants, Che Guevara repaired to his new domicile in Tarara, 15 miles outside Havana and on a pristine beachfront. Today, that beach is reserved exclusively for tourists and Communist party members.Cuban journalist Antonio Llano Montes writes:
The "austere idealist" Che hadn't done too badly for himself in this real estate transaction, known in non-revolutionary societies as theft.
[edited] The house was among the most luxurious in Cuba. Until a few weeks prior, it belonged to Cuba's most successful building contractor. The mansion had a boat dock, a huge swimming pool, seven bathrooms, a sauna, a massage salon and several television sets.
One TV had been specially designed in the U.S., had a screen ten feet wide, and was operated by remote control (in 1959). This was thought to be the only TV of its kind in Latin America.
The garden had a veritable jungle of imported plants, a pool with waterfall, ponds filled with exotic tropical fish, and several bird houses filled with parrots and other exotic birds. The habitation was something out of "A Thousand and One Nights".
The Killing Machine: Che Guevara, from Communist Firebrand to Capitalist Brand
07/11/05 - Alvaro Vargas Llosa in The New Republic
Via Big Government.
A long article about Che's life and deeds. How Che became a capitalist brand, worn on T-shirts around the world by people who know nothing real about their hero.
[edited excerpt] In April 1967, Che summed up his homicidal idea of justice in his “Message to the Tricontinental”: “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.” Che spoke from experience.
In January 1957, his diary indicates that Guevara shot Eutimio Guerra because he suspected him of passing on information: “I ended the problem with a .32 caliber pistol, in the right side of his brain. His belongings were now mine.”
Later, he shot Aristidio, a peasant who expressed the desire to leave whenever the rebels moved on. He wondered whether this particular victim “was really guilty enough to deserve death”.
Echevarría was a brother of one of his comrades. Che had no qualms about ordering his death for unspecified crimes: “He had to pay the price.” At other times he would simulate executions without carrying them out, as a method of psychological torture.
On the eve of victory, Che ordered the execution of a couple of dozen people in Santa Clara, where his column had gone as part of a final assault. Some of them were peasants who had joined the army simply to escape unemployment.
Che For Sale
07/16/10 - Samizdata by Brian Micklethwait (London)
Micklethwait collects many links about the despicable Che Guevara.
[edited] It was not an especially startling sight. A fizzy drink named after a murderous Bolshevik who is remembered as beautiful, cool, wise, and virtuous. A lot of stupid and dishonest people worshipped him while concealing exactly why, and he died young just after being very well photographed.
By the way, it was most gratifying how quickly Google yielded up all those links. One of the authors wrote "It is not at all hard to learn the ghastly truth about this ghastly man". I Googled "truth about Che Guevara", and most of what I found was very good and anti-delusional.
One lady writer reports that Che killed dogs for fun as a child, which she saw as a sure sign of a psychopath.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara was a racist who ranted against Africans. He hated homosexuals and had them imprisoned. He disdained both rock music and jazz and persecuted musicians. He burned thousands of books and murdered Cuban authors. His special pleasure in life was murdering young boys in front of their mothers. This is Che, the leftist hero.
Spencer also provides more links.