Someone else who gets it

I’m shocked when I find there’s anybody (outside of those who are of Cuban descent) who knows what Castro and his sidekick Che “The Butcher” Guevara are really about. But I’ve just discovered that the Times of London knows the real deal:

A ROMANTIC hero to legions of fans the world over, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the poster boy of Marxist revolution, has come under assault as a cold-hearted monster four decades after his death in the Bolivian jungle.

A revisionist biography has highlighted Guevara’s involvement in countless executions of “traitors” and counter-revolutionary “worms”, offering a fresh glimpse of the dark side of the celebrated guerrilla fighter who helped Fidel Castro to seize power in Cuba.

“Attacking an almost legendary figure is not an easy task,” said Jacobo Machover, author of The Hidden Face of Che. “He has so many defenders. They have forged the cult of an untouchable hero.”

Now, why would that be, Mr. Machover?

Machover, a Cuban exiled in France since 1963, blames the hero worship on French intellectuals who flocked to Havana in the 1960s and fell under the charm of the only “comandante” who could speak their language.

They turned a blind eye to anything that did not fit in with their idealised image of Guevara. A prolific diarist, Guevara nevertheless wrote vividly of his role as an executioner. In one passage he described the execution of Eutimio Guerra, a peasant and army guide.

“I fired a .32calibre bullet into the right hemisphere of his brain which came out through his left temple,” was Guevara’s clinical description of the killing. “He moaned for a few moments, then died.”

That’s the “man” whose ugly mug can be found on the t-shirts of so many useful idiots. Maybe said t-shirts should include that quote, “I fired a .32calibre bullet into the right hemisphere of his brain; He moaned for a few moments, then died.” I wonder how many useful idiots would wear it then?