This book shows how, far from being an individuality-loving rebel,
Che Guevara was an unelected authoritarian tyrant
who supported (and implemented) capital punishment,
opposed free elections,
massively increased poverty,
and made rock and roll illegal.
An open admirer of Stalin, he signed his name "Stalin II".
He supported the Soviet imperialist crushing of the
1956 Hungarian Revolution.
He was against individualism.
He often stated that individualism should be stamped out, that young people should unquestioningly obey the state and its leaders.
Remembering an Executioner, Humberto Fontova, 11 Oct 2010:
"Forty-three years ago this week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial, he was declared a murderer, stood up against a wall and shot. Historically speaking, justice has rarely been better served. There was never an occasion better suited to the expression: "What goes around comes around.""
The Iranians are looking for ties with the global anti-American left,
hoping to bring some of them under
Some of the left are willing to make this
deal with the devil,
despite the fact that the Islamists despise them
and will kill them first.
called on all anti-American forces to accept the leadership of Iran.
Another speaker claimed Guevara was
"a truly religious man who believed in God and hated communism and the Soviet Union.
Today, communism has been consigned to the garbage can of history as foreseen by Imam Khomeini.
Thus progressists everywhere must accept the leadership of our religious, pro-justice movement.
The Soviet Union is gone. The leadership of the downtrodden has passed to our Islamic Republic. Those who wish to destroy America must understand the reality and not be clever with words."
(I love the way he describes the left.)
Guevara's daughter, forced to wear the hijab,
by disputing this claim about Guevara:
"My father never mentioned God. He never met God."
Suddenly she finds herself escorted from the hall,
losing her VIP status, and having to leave Iran in a hurry.
Poland's equality minister,
Apr 2009, proposes
banning Che's image
(and all fascist and totalitarian propaganda images).
I don't support banning it,
but I like how people who have lived and suffered under communism
understand what Che really stands for.
The resting place of evil.
of Che Guevara, Santa Clara, Cuba.
Poster by the press freedom group
Reporters Sans Frontieres.
famous image of Che
by communist photographer
The poster says:
"Welcome to Cuba: The biggest prison in the world for journalists".
RSF are very left-wing, but even they can see how repressive Cuba is.
Ironically, this poster
was banned in France on "copyright" grounds.
The heirs of the dead photographer Korda
won a case against RSF in France in 2003 preventing the use of the famous image of Che
in anything critical of communism.
The Cult of Che: Don't applaud The Motorcycle Diaries
by Paul Berman,
on the movie
The Motorcycle Diaries,
which glorifies Che Guevara.
"Che was an enemy of freedom, and yet he has been erected into a symbol of freedom.
He helped establish an unjust social system in Cuba and has been erected into a symbol of social justice.
He stood for the ancient rigidities of Latin-American thought, in a Marxist-Leninist version,
and he has been celebrated as a free-thinker and a rebel."
Unbelievably, movie director Steven Soderbergh has made no less than two puff pieces
about Che Guevara,
neither of which
mention his crimes,
nor even the kind of country Cuba became because of him.
Naive young people will see these films and think they are truth
rather than incurious propaganda.
"must be the most fevered piece of Communist propaganda since Sergei Eisenstein's days, makes Ernesto Guevera look like Florence Nightingale + Abraham Lincoln times Jesus Christ.
There are more scenes about agrarian land reform (many) than there are about
the taking of Havana
by the Communists (zero) or about what Communism actually did in practice as opposed to theory (zero). An alien watching this film could be forgiven for thinking that Communism was this neat new ideology about lifting up the underclass that was never fully put into practice because of corrupt dictators."
Benicio del Toro,
who plays Che,
claims that Che only executed people after due process
(as if a Stalinist like Che believed in such a bourgeois concept).
Del Toro absurdly claims that:
"They didn't do it blindly; they had trials.
They found them guilty, and they executed them - that's capital punishment."
This is, of course, entirely false.
Cuban dissident hero
who spent 22 years in Che and Castro's gulag,
"Benicio del Toro is just one of the many accomplices of the Cuban tyranny. All the murderers of people have had accomplices and people who made excuses for them. Stalin had them, Hitler had them, Pinochet had them, all the dictators have had apologists for them. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro also had them."
14 people executed by Che in the Sierra Maestra during the anti-Batista guerrilla struggle (1957-1958).
10 people executed in Santa Clara at Che's orders in only two days (January 1959).
156 people executed at La Cabaña Fortress prison at Che Guevara's orders.
A 2004 protester at the coming execution (carried out 2005)
of rapist and serial killer
Michael Bruce Ross
wears a cap celebrating the killer
who personally implemented the death penalty (without trial) for scores of
Cuban political prisoners.
If he thinks killing people is wrong, then why is he wearing that cap?
Photo by Cloe Poisson /
/ December 10, 2004.
Hartford Courant photo gallery.
Another naive young man with a Che shirt.
19 year old, left-wing, anti-Israel,
with a head full of nonsense from his studies at Tufts in "International Relations", wears a Che shirt as he protests in Israel, on Jerusalem Day, 1 June 2011.
"Israel is the pariah state.
Israel is the rogue state.
And the United States."
The police said they asked him to stop shouting at the Jerusalem Day marchers.
(He is standing with a crowd of Arabs who chant
"Takbir! Allah Akbar!")
He refuses to show ID to the police.
They arrest him for disturbing the peace.
He resists arrest.
Search for copies.
It's nice he's interested in politics.
It's a shame his head is filled with such a muddle.
I hope he reads more and gets more sense soon.
Incredibly, Galway plans a memorial to the totalitarian communist Che Guevara.
This decision was taken at
Galway City Council, meeting of
16 May 2011.
Billy Cameron (Labour) proposed:
"That Galway City Council commit itself to honouring "one of its own" Ernesto "CHE" Guevara descendant of two of our Tribes - the Lynch family of Lydican House and the Blakes. The project to be furthered by liasing with the Argentinean and Cuban Embassies".
This was seconded by Níall McNelis (Labour) and agreed unanimously.
Not one person opposed this outrageous motion!
The other Councillors present who agreed to this were:
Labour: Tom Costello, Nuala Nolan, Colette Connolly.
FF: Ollie Crowe, Peter Keane.
FG: Pádraig Conneely, Hildegarde Naughton, Frank Fahy.
Ind: Declan McDonnell, Terry O'Flaherty, Catherine Connolly, Donal Lyons.
Shame on all of them.
What a disgrace.
Can they not read?
It's like erecting a new
Sean Russell statue.
Feb 2012 update says the Che monument may be on the Salthill Promenade.
How dare they deface the Promenade with a tribute to oppressive and murderous communism.
Salthill will become a place I will never want to walk again.
Report, 2 Mar 2012, that the Mayor of Galway, Hildegarde Naughton (FG) will no longer support the memorial.
Will this be enough to stop it?
See update, 9 Mar 2012.
Kevin Myers, February 21, 2012, muses on the sort of tourists who will be attracted to this:
"Now if Galway does actually raise a statue to a man who wanted to turn the world into a conjoined series of Tet Offensives, the city will certainly get some tourists who will gaze admiringly at it: Islamic Bader Meinhof, Continuity ETA, Real PLO, et cetera. But are they really the kind of visitors Galway wants?"
"Che Guevara is responsible for the deaths of an untold number of people in his brutal quest for power
He worked to deny people the right to vote, the right to own property, and the right to freedom of religion. He persecuted Catholics with a psychotic zeal.
This monument will damage Galway. It will make us less attractive for investment. It will drive away tourism. It will pour salt in he wounds of those this man tortured, kidnapped, maimed and killed. It would be a monument to the insensitivity and ignorance of those who dreamt it up, and it would shame the people of Galway and Ireland."
(who is Cuban-American)
the proposal is shameful:
"Galway is a city where people have the right to vote, the right to worship freely,
the right to speak freely, and access a free press - all of which "Che" Guevara and his murderous associate,
dictator Fidel Castro, ruthlessly suppressed.
Having a memorial to this cruel assassin is a shameful affront to the thousands of Cubans he murdered".
Carlos Eire, Mar 2012: "Everyone in Galway and Ireland should know this: Che has a lot in common with Oliver Cromwell.
Like Cromwell, Che proclaimed himself a liberator and felt justified in committing thousands of atrocities in a land other than his own, all in the name of a higher cause. Like Cromwell, Che stole everyone's property too, for a sacred purpose. As for reputation: Cromwell received plenty of good press and adulation from those on his side, just like Che. To Cromwell's admirers - and he had plenty who would eagerly build him monuments - the Irish people were inconsequential obstacles to a higher goal, or worse, despicable papist wretches who deserved no mercy."
If the memorial goes up, a campaign must be launched to destroy it:
John Fay, 1 Mar 2012:
"There's a part of me that half hopes the statue goes up and is defaced and damaged by Cubans who live here in exile.
Or, better yet, .. when Cubans do finally shake off the shackles of Castro's rule some of them will find their way to Ireland and pull the statue down and curse those who put it up."
Billy Cameron, the Che lover,
Here he urges a boycott of a company
for merely doing business
Supporting a dictatorship (Cuba)
and opposing a democracy (Israel).
Michael Moynihan of "Right Turn", 2 July 2012, destroys Billy Cameron:
Right Turn: You are a sympathizer with the government in Cuba.
Cameron: [pause] I respect the sovereignty of Cuba and whatever political changes will happen in Cuba, will come from the Cuban people.
Right Turn: How does it come from the Cuban people if the Cuban people aren’t allowed to vote?
Cameron: The Cuban people vote in elections, my dear man.
Right Turn: And how many parties do they have to choose from?
Cameron: They have one party.
Right Turn: You say there are elections but only one party. Is that something you support?
Cameron: [long pause] Anyone can stand once they are a member of the party. I’ve watched TV in Cuba and there is an awful lot of discussion, an awful lot of politics.
Right Turn: So why don’t they allow the formation of competing parties?
Cameron: Well, eventually they will, I presume…It will be up to the Cuban people to decide that, really.
"These youths walk around with their transistor radios listening to imperialist music!"
[i.e. Rock and roll]
"They corrupt the morals of young girls - and destroy posters of Che!
What do they think?
That this is a bourgeois liberal regime?
NO! There's nothing liberal in us!
We are collectivists!
We are communists!
There will be no Prague Spring here!"
- Cuban dictator Castro attacking Cuban dissidents and hippies in 1968.
Quoted in [Fontova, 2007].
Young Cuban rebels of course hated his vicious dead sidekick Che Guevara.
"I know your tactics! You press people are injecting venom into your articles
to damage the revolution.
You're either with us or against us.
We're not going to allow all the press foolishness that Batista allowed.
I can have you executed this very night. How about that!"
- Che Guevara to a journalist he arrested, 1959.
Quoted in [Fontova, 2007].
"Oh, how I wanted to cheer!
I wanted to jump up and down!
To whoop with joy!
To throw a party!
To hug the very man who had given me the news!
Everybody in the prison camp wanted to cheer when we heard Che had been killed.
You could see everyone trying to stifle their joy,
because the guards were watching us all very carefully"
- Emilio Izquierdo,
an 18 year old prisoner in the Cuban gulag,
after a guard informed them of the killing of
in Bolivia in 1967.
Quoted in [Fontova, 2007].
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.