20 September 2012

Who was Che' Guevara? part 2

Back in 2009, I wrote a quick piece called Who Was the Real Che' Guevara? As I figured would happen I got many comments (some I had to delete) from commies and ignoramuses who believe he is the ultimate freedom fighter and I am just a dumb capitalist. I still get comments on it from those types of trolls. 

Today I was reminded of it because of a piece written in the Daily Caller calling to account Urban Outfitters stores for carrying Che' Guevara gear. I'll post some excerpts here but go there and read the whole thing it is spot on. 

...Although Guevara’s image has appeared on countless items for consumption over the last few decades as a symbol of change for the better, Guevara’s actual record is that of a brutal tyrant who suppressed individual freedom in Cuba and murdered those who challenged his worldview.
Guevara undoubtedly played a key role in the overthrow of the dictatorial Batista regime in January of 1959. However, despite promises of a new democratic government, within a few months he and Fidel Castro had designed and installed a full-blown police state that deprived the overwhelming majority of Cuban citizens of democracy and human rights.
From 1959 to 1960, the new government carried out summary executions of at least 1,118 people by firing squad. Guevara himself presided over the notorious La CabaƱa prison, where hundreds of the executions took place. For comparison’s sake, the Batista regime was responsible for 747 noncombatant deaths between 1952 and 1959. The Cuban revolution under the direction of Guevara also saw the rise of forced labor camps which gave way a few years later to full-scale concentration camps. These were filled with dissidents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Afro-Cuban priests, and anyone else who had committed “crimes” against the new moral revolution....
...During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Guevara favored engaging in nuclear war to “build a better world.” After the crisis was averted he lamented Soviet inaction, stating that if the missiles had been under Cuban control, he would have fired them. There is evidence that Guevara was involved in a November 1962 terrorist plot to use 1,200 pounds of TNT to blow up Macy’s, Gimbels, Bloomingdale’s, and Grand Central Station on the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year. “At every stage of his adult life,” one historian noted of Guevara, “his megalomania manifested itself in the predatory urge to take over other people’s lives and property, and to abolish their free will.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/19/open-letter-to-urban-outfitters-nothing-cool-about-murderer-che-guevara/#ixzz272GHt0xk

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