Skip to comments.“Don’t Shoot!—I’m Che!” (A Glorious Anniversary)
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.
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.
He burns in hell now with his father satan
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?
Should be read on every college campus in America!
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Robert Redford is scum. Just like his hero Guevara.
The best Che is a dead Che.
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."
The only thing regretable about Che’s execution is that it was relatively quick. I would’ve had him dance the Tyburn Jig.
Che, the perfect example of a “good” communist.
Well, I would take a T-shirt with that picture on it.......
Just another murdering commie punk with a good PR man ...
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.
Useful idiots at Obama headquarters who like to think of themselves as brilliant intellectuals. (Absolutely sickening.)
In Honduras, where I have a home and try to spend at least six months a year, the Castro-Che zealots can be found from time to time taking over otherwise civil and intelligent forums (believe it or not, even AA meetings).
Fortunately, the Honduran people have no use for Marxism — as evidenced by their impeachment and disposal of Manuel Zelaya (which by the way was not a “coup” as Che fan Obama would have us believe; it was a well-ordered and entirely just impeachment).
Re: Che Guevara - Video “Killer Chic” - A great video from Nick Gillespie at Reason Magazine. No surprise that Jay-Z - Obama fundraiser, misogynist (speaking of war on women), and White House guest - occasionally sports a Che T-shirt while spewing his filth.
I have a 13 year old, time for him to read this.
The American lefties would be celebrating this "communist revolutionary history"...
....If they ever bothered to read any factual history whatsoever...
Che’ ultimately ended up being a rather “hand-y man”..
I told a Mexican national this not so long ago, he did not understand. Poor-ass bastard was just too dumb to understand how bad communism is..... Shame that schooling does not matter in Mexico.
***wandering around the jungle playing revolutionary. ***
Kind of like the OCCUPY movement.
Is he dead in that bottom picture? If so, why are they holding their rifles on him?
And Castro was urging Khrushchev (who could make that call) to do just that. Jimmy Carter's @$$h*!# buddy!
Just another murdering commie punk with a good PR man ...
Early Saturday morning nomination for “Post of the Day”!
I have that shirt and will wear it today....
Yes I do get some looks from dumb asses, I have never had a confrontation....
Plus I carry so if they do....
“I wonder if Che was a fat bald guy in a beret t shirt sales on college campuses would be non existent.”
Of course, image is everything to these revolutionary romantics. Ha! If “Che’s” name had been ERNESTO HOGG instead of the more romantic sounding “CHE GUEVARA”, that, too, would have relegated him to obscurity. - Sort of like, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, if he had been named something more mundane and less exotic such as “Ernesto Hogg”, perhaps we’d have been spared this current nightmare. Fakes one and all. (No slight intended to Ernesto if indeed there is an Ernesto Hogg.)
What was so revealing about Obama in this early test of his foreign policy was his decision to back a corrupt, leftist politician who had almost no public support in a country that is our most loyal ally in Latin America. Honduras sent troops to Kuwait to fight along the U.S. in the first Gulf War. When Obama couldn't force his will on the legal Honduran government he tried to destabilize it. What Obama called a “coup” was in fact a textbook constitutional response to an outlaw chief executive.
It would interesting to see the cable traffic during this crisis between the White House and Caracas because Obama mentor Hugo Chavez was surely being consulted.
The Che myth is strong. Many years ago I was liberal enough to think he was a great guy. Partly because the Che imagery and propaganda is so relentless. It is still strong and sucking in a new generation of naive “Occupy” type fools
BTW— Very good treatment of Che here
LOL - Been too long since i’ve seen that one. Thanks.
Excellent analysis. Right on target. Most people don’t realize that Obama was so outraged over the Honduran people blocking Zelaya’s Marxist takeover the he (Obama) even cut off humanitarian aid, including food and healthcare supplies for infants.