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Dont Shoot!Im Che! (A Glorious Anniversary)
Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2012 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on 10/06/2012 5:52:14 AM PDT by Kaslin

Forty five years ago this week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying "What goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here.

"When you saw the beaming look on Che's face as his victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad," said a former Cuban political prisoner to this writer, "you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara."

As commander of the La Cabana execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of the condemned man (or boy) by firing the coup de grace himself. When other duties tore him away from his beloved execution yard, he consoled himself by viewing the slaughter. Che's second-story office in La Cabana had a section of wall torn out so he could watch his darling firing-squads at work.

A Rumanian journalist named Stefan Bacie visited Cuba in early 1959 and was fortunate enough to get an audience with the already quasi-famous "Che" Guevara. Upon entering Castro's chief executioner's office, Bacie noticed Che motioning him over to the office's newly constructed window. Bacie got there just in time to hear the command of FUEGO! hear the blast from the firing squad and see a condemned prisoner crumple and convulse.

The stricken journalist immediately left and composed a poem, titled, "I No Longer Sing of Che." ("I no longer sing of Che any more than I would of Stalin," go the first lines.)

Even as a youth, Ernesto Guevara's writings revealed a serious mental illness. "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 falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!" This passage is from Ernesto Guevara's famous Motorcycle Diaries, though Robert Redford somehow overlooked it while producing his heart-warming movie.

The Spanish word vencido, by the way, translates into "defeated" or "surrendered." And indeed, "the "acrid odor of gunpowder and blood" very, very rarely reached Guevara's nostrils from anything properly describable as combat. It mostly came from the close-range murders of unarmed and defenseless men (and boys.) Carlos Machado was 15 years old in 1963 when the bullets from the firing squad shattered his body. His twin brother and father collapsed beside Carlos from the same volley. All had resisted Castro and Che's theft of their humble family farm, all refused blindfolds and all died sneering at their Communist murderers, as did thousands of their valiant countrymen.."Viva Cuba Libre! Viva Cristo Rey! Abajo Comunismo!" "The defiant yells would make the walls of La Cabana prison tremble," wrote eyewitness to the slaughter, Armando Valladares.

The one genuine accomplishment in Che Guevara's life was the mass-murder of defenseless men and boys. Under his own gun dozens died. Under his orders thousands crumpled. At everything else Che Guevara failed abysmally, even comically.

During his Bolivian "guerrilla" campaign, Che split his forces whereupon they got hopelessly lost and bumbled around, half-starved, half-clothed and half-shod, without any contact with each other for 6 months before being wiped out. They didn't even have WWII vintage walkie-talkies to communicate and seemed incapable of applying a compass reading to a map. They spent much of the time walking in circles and were usually within a mile of each other. During this blundering they often engaged in ferocious firefights against each other.

"You hate to laugh at anything associated with Che, who murdered so many," says Felix Rodriguez, the Cuban-American CIA officer who played a key role in tracking him down in Bolivia. "But when it comes to Che as "guerrilla" you simply can't help but guffaw."

So for many, the questions remains: how did such an incurable doofus, sadist and epic idiot attain such iconic status?

The answer is that this psychotic and thoroughly unimposing vagrant named Ernesto Guevara de la Serna y Lynch had the magnificent fortune of linking up with modern history's top press agent, Fidel Castro, who -- from the New York Times' Herbert Matthews in 1957, through CBS' Ed Murrow in 1959 to CBS' Dan Rather, to ABC's Barbara Walters, to NBC's Andrea Mitchell more recently -- always had the mainstream media anxiously scurrying to his every beck and call and eating out of his hand like trained pigeons.

Had Ernesto Guevara not linked up with Raul and Fidel Castro in Mexico city that fateful summer of 1955 -- had he not linked up with a Cuban exile named Nico Lopez in Guatemala the year before who later introduced him to Raul and Fidel Castro in Mexico City -- everything points to Ernesto continuing his life of a traveling hobo, panhandling, mooching off women, staying in flophouses and scribbling unreadable poetry.

Che's image is particularly ubiquitous on college campuses. But in the wrong places. He belongs in the marketing, PR and advertising departments. His lessons and history are fascinating and valuable, but only in light of P.T. Barnum. One born every minute, Mr. Barnum? If only you'd lived to see the Che phenomenon. Actually, ten are born every second.

His pathetic whimpering while dropping his fully-loaded weapons as two Bolivian soldiers approached him on Oct. 8 1967 ("Don't shoot!" I'm Che!" I'm worth more to you alive than dead!") proves that this cowardly, murdering swine was unfit to carry his victims' slop buckets.


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: che; cheguevara; fidelcastro; mexico; murder; raulcastro
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1 posted on 10/06/2012 5:52:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Imagery goes a long way in the mind of a leftist. Reality is a mere distraction.I wonder if Che was a fat bald guy in a beret t shirt sales on college campuses would be non existent.


2 posted on 10/06/2012 5:59:25 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: Kaslin
Many people don't realize that “Che”,a top adviser to Castro during the Cuban Missile Crisis,was urging Castro to fire the nukes at the US.
3 posted on 10/06/2012 5:59:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Kaslin

He burns in hell now with his father satan


4 posted on 10/06/2012 5:59:56 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin

A copy of this article should be attached to every Che t-shirt that our stupid youth buy. Where are the parents of these ignorant children, who allow them to idolize a mass murderer and supreme coward?


5 posted on 10/06/2012 6:01:02 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Kaslin; SkyDancer

Should be read on every college campus in America!


6 posted on 10/06/2012 6:01:21 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kaslin; All


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7 posted on 10/06/2012 6:01:21 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kaslin

Always amusing...

8 posted on 10/06/2012 6:03:56 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Kaslin

Robert Redford is scum. Just like his hero Guevara.


9 posted on 10/06/2012 6:04:09 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Kaslin

The best Che is a dead Che.


10 posted on 10/06/2012 6:04:17 AM PDT by windsorknot
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11 posted on 10/06/2012 6:05:28 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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12 posted on 10/06/2012 6:07:09 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 10/06/2012 6:07:18 AM PDT by bgill
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To: txrefugee

I have two Che t-shirts. One says "Commies aren't cool" and this is the other one. I wore this one to the O'club bar one night and somebody gave me some flack for wearing a Che shirt. My response was "You must not know any Spanish besides what it takes to order at Taco Bell."

14 posted on 10/06/2012 6:08:33 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

The only thing regretable about Che’s execution is that it was relatively quick. I would’ve had him dance the Tyburn Jig.


15 posted on 10/06/2012 6:11:23 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I kinew...

;O)

16 posted on 10/06/2012 6:12:12 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: All

Che, the perfect example of a “good” communist.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 6:15:36 AM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither; GUN CONTROL= SLAVERY)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Well, I would take a T-shirt with that picture on it.......


18 posted on 10/06/2012 6:20:12 AM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither; GUN CONTROL= SLAVERY)
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To: Kaslin
By the time he was captured and executed, he had been worn down to nothing. The mythical uprising he had hoped to inspire never materialized, and he'd spent months -- and dozens of his supporters' lives -- wandering around the jungle playing revolutionary.

Just another murdering commie punk with a good PR man ...

19 posted on 10/06/2012 6:23:48 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Kaslin

Inside the chest of every Progressive beats the heart of another Che, not to mention the psychosis that waits to act out in full glory when the revolution succeeds.

IMHO


20 posted on 10/06/2012 6:29:28 AM PDT by ripley
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