I recently had the opportunity to dine with a group of young men who attend one of the 15 most liberal colleges in the country. When I brought up the subject of Che Guevara t-shirts, all of them, and I mean all, agreed that Che was a mass murderer.
There is hope for mankind!
The gentlemen I was talking to are well informed. Unfortunately, many are not, and some others need to be reminded of the facts about Che’s crimes.
Here is a short list of suggested reading:
- The Cuba Archive’s Truth and Memory Project has documented with eyewitnesses the victims of Ché Guevara in Cuba in 1959.
- Humberto Fontova’s Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
- Carlos Eire’s National Book Award winning memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. As a good Communist, Che took over a mansion near the Eire’s family home.
- Reinaldo Arena’s Before Night Falls: A Memoir. This is a particularly harrowing account of the Revolución‘s mistreatment of gays, no matter how much Mariela Castro now tries to hide that fact.
The Fontova, Eire and Arenas books are available on Kindle and in stardard print.
But you don’t need to read a while book. You can start with Michael Totten’s excellent reports on his recent trip to Cuba. Read The Truth About Che Guevara, and pay particular attention to Humberto Fontova’s words (emphasis added):
“…Here is a quote from Fidel Castro in 1955 when he was in prison in Cuba. He said, ‘Propaganda is vital—the heart of our struggle. We can never abandon propaganda…Use a lot of sleight of hand and smiles with everybody. We must follow the same tactic we employed in our trial; defend our points of view without raising hackles. There will be plenty of time later to crush all the cockroaches.’
“And here’s Che Guevara from his own diaries in 1958. He said, ‘Much more valuable than rural recruits for our guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda.’ Castro and Guevara cultivated and shmoozed the foreign media. They made it a goal from day one. They needed to export their propaganda and make it not seem like propaganda.”
With that kind of useful idiots, why should some still may think “It could never happen here”?
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on Latin America and American politics atFausta’s Blog.
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