Today marks 50 years since Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed by CIA-backed Bolivian forces. Yet, our country and countless nations abroad still idolize him as a pop culture figure while whitewashing his crimes against humanity.
Here in the U.S., modern-day leftists love and worship Argentinian-born Che Guevara–who was instrumental in helping overthrow Cuba’s government to install the now-dead Fidel Castro as supreme leader there. Guevara, who was ruthless and devoted to Marxist-Leninist ideology, was responsible for overseeing the personal execution of 123 individuals (recorded thus far) without a fair trial–while communist Cuba oversaw 14,000 executions by the late 1960’s. Ultimately, Cuba has been responsible for the deaths of an estimated range of 35,000 to 141,000 people (with the medium number at 73,000 individuals) since a communist dictatorship was installed there in 1959. Freedom has yet to touch the island nation in the present day.
Guevara’s role as mass executioner for Fidel Castro drew inspiration from behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union (which viewed Cuba as a “little sister” nation). He wrote, “‘My ideological training means that I am one of those people who believe that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.” Here’s more on his affinity for Karl Marx from his Notes for the Study of the Ideology of the Cuban (October 1960):
The merit of Marx is that he suddenly produces a qualitative change in the history of social thought. He interprets history, understands its dynamic, predicts the future, but in addition to predicting it (which would satisfy his scientific obligation), he expresses a revolutionary concept: the world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny.
Controversy is brewing across the Atlantic (and rightly so) over the decision to glorify Che Guevara’s “legacy” fifty years after his death by Ireland’s An Post. Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick designed a €1 stamp in Guevara’s honor. In response, prominent Cuban-American figure Ninoska Perez Castellón from Miami, Florida, told Morning Ireland it’s objectionable to feature and “celebrate a man who slaughtered so many people.”
So why would Ireland decide to lionize this murderous thug? Apparently, he boasted Irish roots and was born as Ernesto “Che” Guevara Lynch:
His father was Ernesto Guevara Lynch, a civil engineer of Irish descent.
A quote from Ernesto, “in my son’s veins flowed the blood of Irish rebels”, features on a cover envelope to accompany the stamp.
Some in Ireland’s parliament have found this decision objectionable, asking if fellow murderous thugs Pol Pot (Cambodia) and Nicholas Ceausescu (Romania) are also acceptable to display on stamps. Senator Neale Richmond is quoted as saying the following:
“Although Che Guevara seems now to be classed as a romantic revolutionary figure and that some of his political ideals might be shared by some in this country, it is my belief that he is most definitely not a suitable candidate for such an honour,” said Senator Neale Richmond, who represents Dublin and wrote in a letter to Minister Naughten.
He added, “Minister, as you will be aware, Che Guevara was a violent revolutionary whose legacy has been greatly glossed over. While I do not dispute that the Batista regime that ruled Cuba prior to the violent revolution was deplorable, what came after and the actions of Guevara where equally as heinous.”
The Irish Times approached Che Guevara’s brother, Juan Martin Guevara Lynch–who explained more about the family’s Irish roots:
“My grandmother was North American. A Lynch, but born in the US. She was born in San Francisco. The family moved from here, the province of Buenos Aires, but moved to San Francisco where she was born. But her father yes, he was born in Ireland, ” he said, continuing.
“Then on the other side the Guevaras were Basque. It is because of that our aunt always said we are the descendants of the Basque and Irish, meaning we have one steadfast idea of how things are and we are not for turning.
“With my old man a bit, yes. He used to speak about the rebellious nature of the Irish. Beyond that he liked the Irish because of their party nature; they like to drink a drop of whiskey! He was really fond of all that.
Irish roots or not, Che Guevara is not someone to celebrate. He was an unrepentant executioner, narcissist, racist, and homophobe who thrived on bloodshed as a means to usurp and retain power.
Not surprisingly, the New York Times published a piece entitled Che Guevara’s Fiery Life and Bloody Death today in response to the 50th anniversary of his death.
Fifty years ago today –October 9, 1967–Guevara was captured and shot by Bolivian forces–aided by the C.I.A. Fidel Castro praised him as a central part of the bloody coup d’etat in Cuba, calling him “the paradigm of the revolutionary” who is “everywhere there is a just cause to defend.” He was lionized in the film The Motorcycle Diaries–and yet, Hollywood has yet to offer a counter narrative highlighting his crimes and his true brutal nature. Sad.
With the centennial year marking the start of the bloody Bolshevik Revolution coming up, it’s no surprise why Che Guevara and other brutal communist dictators are being propped up more than ever. That’s why it’s imperative to honor and commemorate the 100 million plus lives lost to global communism today and every day.