You've seen them before: The far left rabble-rousers marching at immigration rallies, waving pickets bearing Spanish slogans, flying Mexican flags, and demanding citizenship for the millions of illegal aliens who live in the United States. They oppose protecting our borders, cracking down on businesses that hire illegals, and requiring the illegals to "earn" their citizenship in any way, shape, or form.
What do many of these protestors have in common with your average extremist La Raza types and also with no small number of naive Caucasian college students? They regard Che Guevara as some kind of virtuous revolutionary icon, as evidenced by his ubiquitous face -- on T-shirts, bumper stickers and posters tacked to dorm room walls nationwide. There's even Che "wallpaper" for PC screens. That's why I call him "CliCHE Guevara."
No one ever maintained that young people possess a great deal of maturity or discernment, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist (or much research) to learn that Che Guevara was, to put it mildly, a major scumbag and thug. The sad thing is, not everyone wearing a Che T-shirt is young. Some of them are just blindly anti-American and in denial about their hero.
It's been said you can judge people by the company they keep. And as even your average college freshman knows, Che was a good buddy of Infidel Castro. The two were partners in repression, intolerance, torture and random killing -- regrettably, maladies that persist to this day in Cuba, long after Guevara's death.
Peruvian-born author Alvaro Vargas Lloysa exposed Guevara for the paranoid, merciless tyrant he was in his recent book, "The Che Guevara Myth."
The book describes an entry in Guevara's diary from 1957 revealing his cavalier attitude toward using violence and murder to deal with those he perceived as a threat to the revolution. Guevara shot Eutimio Guerra because he suspected him of passing on information: "I ended the problem with a .32 pistol, in the right side of his brain...His belongings were now mine."
Llosa writes, "At every stage of his adult life, his megalomania manifested itself in the predatory urge to take over other people's lives and property, and to abolish their free will."
Che was the architect of Cuba's forced labor camps and concentration camps, where Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals and other Cubans suffered and died.
Guevara is suspected of executing hundreds of innocents in the 1950s and 1960s before firing squads, some for simply refusing to give up their belief in democracy. And there was no death bed confession or remorse with this evil man. In his will he praised "the extremely useful hatred that turns men into effective, violent, merciless and cold killing machines."
Gee, what a swell guy! Where can I get a T-shirt?