Glamourising a Mass Murderer

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The popularity of Che Guevara’s image on t-shirts is quite bizarre. According to the company that sells Che Guevara products: “Che’s image has a rock ‘n roll edge to it that we are looking for.” Advocates claim that Che is chic for the sophisticated” and “It’s an icon of what’s cool.”


However, wearing a t-shirt with an image of Che Guevara with his beret and Communist star, makes about as much sense as wearing an image of Khmer Rouge mass murder Pol Pot of Cambodia, or of Joseph Stalin, or the Guinness Book of Records mass murderer of all time: Mao Tse Tung.


For all the attempts (such as Robert Redford’s “Motorcycle Diaries” propaganda piece) to transform Fidel Castro’s hitman, Che Guevara, into a romantic cult hero the fact is that Che Guevara was a mass murderer.


In the “Cuban Revolution” Che Guevara ran the slave labour camps and organised the mass executions. He was Fidel Castro’s supreme prosecutor and most efficient executioner. Under Che, the walls of the old fort in Havana resounded nightly with the fusillades of the firing squads. 



In just three years (1959-1962) over 4,000 executions, most by firing squad, were documented to have taken place under Catro's executioner Che Guevara. All these executions took place without due process of law or fair trial. Che admitted ordering "several thousand executions."


Perhaps those who want to wear Che’s image on the front of their t-shirts should have this quote from Che Guevara printed on the back: "Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate  while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl! Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective and cold blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become…” – Che Guevara


Karl Marx declared: “The first battlefield is the rewriting of history.” It would appear that everyone who is participating in the romantising and glamourising of this Marxist mass murderer, Che Guevara, are not only advertising their ignorance of history, but are helping to reorganize reality and promote the undeserved hero worship of a Communist killer.


While Che Guevara could be 'brave' when he was murdering disarmed civilians, including a 14 year old child, in the La Cabana Fortes, he was was cowardly when captured by the Bolivian Army. Che grovelled and begged for his life before the Bolivians did to him what he had done to so many others.


Commies are not cool. I for one am not interested in decorating myself with the image of a dirty, unwashed Communist tyrant and anti-Christian persecutor of the church.

Dr. Peter Hammond

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