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46 years since Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s execution

09.10.2013

Today 46 years ago Ernesto “Che” Guevara was shot dead. While Cubans pay tribute to him by bringing flowers to the Bosque de los Heroes in Santiago de Cuba, YAF (Young Americans for Freedom) celebrates No More Che Day for the fifth time.

Human Events writes how the image of the man whom so many college hipsters sport on their shirts adorns Cuba’s headquarters and torture chambers for its KGB-trained secret police. While the regime was terrifying, he was even more so. Often he would execute the prisoners of La Cabana execution yard, where he was a commander, himself. When he was occupied with other duties, he would often pleasure himself with watching the slaughter, Human Events reports. He enjoyed killing very much, as confessed by himself in his diaries: 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! Human Events concludes that the one genuine accomplishment in Che Guevara’s life was the mass-murder of defenceless men and boys. At everything else Che Guevara failed abysmally, even comically.

In an interview with Newsmax, Felix Rodriquez, a former CIA operative who was incorporated in the manhunt, said the Marxist revolutionary was little more than a criminal and devoted killer who deserves to be demystified. He also expressed his hope that people will once realise he was an assassin who enjoyed killing people, instead of a hero so many think he was.

At the time of his capture, Guevara was in Bolivia, attempting to overthrow the government to spark a communist revolution like in Castro’s Cuba. Guevara was wounded in a firefight and managed to convince the army to spare his life, saying he is worth more alive than dead. When Rodriquez went to see him at Higueras, he felt sorry for him. He recalls: "I had a lot of mixed feelings … When I saw him for the first time, I felt sorry for him … He looks like a beggar. He's a man who didn't even have a uniform, he didn't have any pair of boots, he had some pair of leather tied down to his foot. He was very filthy and he really looked like a beggar and it was a tremendous shock, remembering that the image when he visited [the] Soviet Union and China … [then] to see this man the way he looked at this point in time."

For many the image of Che Guevara is of a revolutionary hero (or a rock star), but the gruesome realities of his actions need to be understood. This is the sole aim of the YAF ridden No More Che Day, celebrated annually on 9th of October with handouts, posters and flyers on college campuses in United States to raise awareness about Che’s extremist views and atrocities.



Human Events, Newsmax