Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Che - Fuddy-Duddy Killjoy

The Che t-shirt phenomenom is one that infuriates me to no end. The ignorance and hypocrisy of my generation on this subject is just ridiculous. Frontpage Magazine today has an interview with Humberto Fontova author of Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant. And it's a must read considering how many reality denying Fidel appologists are out there. Like the UN appointing Cuba to the Human Rights commission(talk about blind leading the blind).

Here's what he has to say about Che:
FP: Who was the real Che Guevara?

Fontova: A bumbler, a fool, a coward and a mass--killer. He excelled in only one thing: the mass-murder of bound and blindfolded men. In 'battle' such as these were (puerile skirmishes that would bore the Cripps and Bloods on any week-end night) his imbecilities defy belief. Che was Castro's chief executioner, a combination of Beria-Himmler. 'To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary,' is a famous Guevara quote, 'These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.'

Che's slaughter of (bound and gagged) Cubans (Che was himself an Argentine) exceeded Heinrich Himmler's prewar slaughter of Germans–to scale, that is. So what happens today? Well, you see Che's face on t-shirts worn by people who oppose capital punishment! I devote an entire chapter to the gallant Che so please indulge me here, Jamie. I can't resist a few more quips. Because Che's lessons and history are fascinating and valuable, but only in light of Sigmund Freud or P.T. Barnum. 'One born every minute,' Mr. Barnum? If only you'd lived to see the Che phenomenon. Actually, 10 are born every second.

Here's a 'guerrilla hero' who in real life never fought in a guerrilla war. When he finally brushed up against one, he was routed.

Here's a cold-blooded murderer who executed thousands without trial, who stayed up till dawn for months at a time signing death warrants for innocent and honorable men, whose office in La Cabana had a window where he could watch the executions – and today his T-shirts adorn people who oppose capital punishment!

Here's communist Cuba's first 'Minister of Industries,' whose main slogan in 1960 was 'Accelerated Industrialization!' Whose dream was converting Cuba (the hemisphere, actually) into a huge bureau"
You have to wonder if the young leftists ideologues actually know anything about Che aside from the Motorcycle Diaries or Evita. It wouldn't surprise me to find out they don't, after all for leftists it's not about the truth in the message it's about who's direction you scream it.