Attention briefly flitted yesterday to UNESCO, a division of the United Nations, when the U.S. and Israel both withdrew on the same day. While most people pay no attention to UNESCO at all, before we go back to ignoring them once again, let’s take a moment to highlight the fact that they thought communist Cuban leader Che Guevara worth honoring only a few short years ago.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who many of our youth ignorantly purchase (through the capitalist system he hated) T-shirts, tote bags, purses, underwear, and much more, with his face emblazoned on them. Che has been laundered clean and presented as a “freedom fighter.”
I wonder what his fans would think if they knew he jailed thousands of young people for the crime of listening to Rock or Jazz music. Che had an answer for them: “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of government mandates.”
He would more accurately be described as an evil, bloodthirsty, racist murderer. How about this little tidbit from a speech he gave in 1966:
“Hatred is the central element of our struggle! Hatred that is intransigent…hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold- blooded killing machine…We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow! The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! These hyenas are fit only for extermination. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm! The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”
Known as the Butcher of La Cabaña (prison), Che oversaw the execution of thousands of prisoners and personally shot dozens himself.
There’s also this little gem:
“The Negro is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”
Instead of being thought of as a romantic figure, riding around South America on his little scooter, we need to relegate him once and for all to the same general ash heap of history we’ve sent Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. He may not have succeeded in killing nearly as many as they did, but it wasn’t for lack of desire.
Che was a cold-blooded killer who, like Lenin, Stalin, and Mao, derived his inspiration from Marx. That is his legacy and that is how he needs to be remembered.