Saturday, January 20, 2007

Mae Has Her Say: Che Was A Pussy


I started this rant of mine sometime back, but as you can see it takes me a tad to post. Michelle Malkin did a story about Target pulling Che Guevara merchandise from their shelves just as I had drafted my pop thoughts into some sort of coherent writing. Needless to say, my sail was deflated severely. However, I have finally decided to finish the piece.

Everyone knows I despise "Mad Bob" Mugabe, though few are aware of my second pet peeve, the so-called "revolutionary hero," Che Guevara.

Over the years I have become less and less tolerant (if you call saying, "Get that shit off!" tolerant) of the uninformed masses' deification of Che Guevara. I can't help my dismay as I shake my head and ask, "What do they see?"
The most popular version of Che t-shirt, for instance, sports the slogan "Fight Oppression" under his famous face. This is the face of a man who co-founded a regime that jailed more of it's subjects than Hitler or Stalin's and declared that "individualism must disappear!" In 1959, with the help of Soviet GRU agents, the man celebrated on that t-shirt helped found, train and indoctrinate Cuba's secret police. "Always interrogate your prisoners at night," Che ordered his goons. "A man's resistance is always lower at night." Today the world's largest Che mural adorns Cuba's Ministry of the Interior, the headquarters for Cuba's KGB and STASI trained secret police. Nothing could be more fitting.

Yet somehow, this same image is considered the height of hipness on everything from shirts, watches and snowboards, to thong underwear and an undisclosed location on Angelina Jolie's epidermis. Ms Jolie, by the way, recently won the UN's "Global Humanitarian Award" for her work with refugees.
Irony is great and inspirational it seems.
The noted historian Benicio Del Toro, who will star as his hero in a Hollywood Biopic due next year, says: "Che was just one of those guys who walked the walk and talked the talk. There's just something cool about people like that. The more I get to know Che, the more I respect him."
The history I know tells me that Castro travelled to Mexico to train guerrillas, aimed to topple Cuba's Batista. While in Mexico ( 8th July, 1955) Fidel Castro was introduced through his brother Raúl Castro to a doctor named Ernesto Guevara de la Serna commonly known as Che Guevara.

Guevara was disillusioned and disgusted by injustices, oppression, and disenfranchisement throughout Latin America. Che, living in Guatemala in 1953, used none other than the structure of Marxist philosophy and social theory to ascend (or rather descend) into the role of a revolutionary. He styled his persona using Josef Stalin as inspiration (btw for those that don't know, Che was known to sign his name as "Stalin II" ).

In 1956 Castro, Guevara, and some eighty guerillas set off to Cuba on a yacht named “Granma”. The landing was a disaster - only sixteen survived an attack by Cuban armed forces. They then made their way into the Sierra Maestra where they began to recruit followers. The official history of the Cuban Revolution depicts Castro and Guevara as brave and wise heroes although in reality most of the battles were skirmishes, during which both Castro and Guevara had a tendency to disappear when the bullets began flying. The total number of combined deaths (guerillas and Cuban forces) over the 2 year period from these fights was 182.

History also shows us that the two most devastating and successful weapons used by the Dynamic Duo of Castro and Guevara was money (yes, these 2 anti-capitalists used LOTS of money) and propaganda. These two weapons, combined with many Cubans being very pissed at Batista, were the major factors that led to Bastita's fall. The outrageous use of media as sources for propaganda (hello New York Times, WaPo) by both Castro and Guevara sealed their ultimate victory. Hell, Castro and Guevara can be attributed to being the first media-whore politicians post WW2.
In August of 1960, a year and a half after Che Guevara entered Havana ahead of his "column" of "guerrillas," Time magazine featured the revolutionary comandante on its cover and crowned him the "Brains of the Cuban Revolution." (Fidel Castro was "the heart" and Raul Castro "the fist.")

"Wearing a smile of melancholy sweetness that many women find devastating," read the Time article, "Che guides Cuba with icy calculation, vast competence, high intelligence and a perceptive sense of humor."

"This is not a Communist Revolution in any sense of the term," The New York Times had declared a year earlier. "Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he is decidedly anti-Communist."

"It would be a great mistake," Walter Lippmann wrote in the Washington Post that same month, "even to intimate that Castro's Cuba has any real prospect of becoming a Soviet satellite."

A few months earlier the London Observer had observed: "Mr. Castro's bearded youthful figure has become a symbol of Latin America's rejection of brutality and lying. Every sign is that he will reject personal rule and violence."
Batista, like all de facto military leaders who take power by staging a coup, was corrupt, tainted, etc. and violently suppressed attempts to defeat him, many people suffering in the outcome. However, the society that was created by Castro and Guevara was/is also a far cry from paradise.

Those who worship Guevara as a revolutionary cannot deny that during the early formation of the current Cuban set-up Che greatly influenced the base, to put it mildly. Che was Castro's state executioner.
Time magazine was in perfect sync with her major-media peers -- utterly wrong. Guevara was no more the brains of the Cuban Revolution than Cheka-head Felix Drezhinsky had been the brains of the Bolshevik Revolution, or Gestapo chief Himmler the brains of the National Socialist Revolution, or KGB head Beria the brains behind Stalinism. In fact Che performed the same role for Fidel Castro as Drezhinsky performed for Lenin, Himmler for Hitler and Beria for Stalin. Che Guevara was the Castro regime’s chief executioner.
He ordered the immediate executions of thousands of government officials and Batista-friendly businessmen, and it was Che who encouraged Castro to move towards the Soviets; although many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. Che was the mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. He was a strict moralist who had slackers sent to work camps to cut cane. Che was a hardcore party man, and he tolerated no dissent, and no claim to individual rights over the state’s needs. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution’s first firing squads. He founded Cuba’s “labor camp” system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims. He achieved nothing but disaster, and when exposed to the light of truth, he was nothing but a pussy.
More than his cruelty, megalomania or even his epic stupidity, what most distinguished Ernesto "Che" Guevara from his peers was his sniveling cowardice. His groupies can run off in a huff, slam their bedroom door, and dive headfirst into their beds sobbing and kicking and punching the pillows all they want-- but Che surrendered to the Bolivan Rangers voluntarily, from a safe distance, and was captured physically sound and with a fully loaded pistol.
The cosy love nest arrangement between Castro and Guevara didn't last long, and, knowing firsthand how inept and what a loose cannon (read: potential liability) Che' was, Castro threw his backside to Africa to go play Commandante with the cannibals in the Congo.

Yet after all of this, the raving moonbat, radical lefties, along with the uninformed still portray Che Guevara as an idealized revolutionary spirit. Fact is, he was just another Stalin wannabe, a self-inflated egotist...and a pussy.
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This is a very good timeline of Che's rise and fall.

7 Comments:

Anonymous OINK said...

Yeah, but he came across good in his writings. A man who left the communist party after the scales had fallen from his eyes, said he realized that he had judged capitalism by its realities, communism by its literature.

3:51 AM GMT+13  
Blogger Mae said...

In the case of Che, he never was anything but a communist or at best, a romantic commie.

10:58 AM GMT+13  
Blogger Vilmar said...

The important thing to remember is this: he is still dead.

11:56 AM GMT+13  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Ohhhh but he is like, so cool like, ya know, with that beard and stuff....he like is so cool.

Seriously Joe, great post. It shits me no end to see these shirts on little kids.

12:26 PM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe said...

Thanks Patrick! But it was my wife, Mae, who wrote the piece. You may know her by the name "Apathy or freedom," the name she uses when she comments at your blog.

Vilmar, yep, he's still dead. It's funny, though, how he has achieved "rock star" status after all these years.

12:46 PM GMT+13  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Sorry mate, I missed the "Posted by Mae" bit. Aplogies to her. Great post Mae!

2:54 PM GMT+13  
Anonymous Bozwell said...

Last time I was at the top end of Swanston Street in the city of Melbourne (the university end of town), a group of snot nosed little bastards had a picture of John Howard's head on a stick.

They had drawn a target around the picture of our Prime Ministers head--the crosshairs of a rifle.

"Down with Howard" was written beneath--one of the little turds was wearing a Guevara tee-shirt.

I was with a Sri-Lankan friend of mine who just shook his head in disgust. He told me that if these pricks did that back in his country they would be chucked in jail immediately and given a good flogging.

I felt like returning with a flame thrower...I still might.

4:05 PM GMT+13  

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