Sunday, February 11, 2007

CheTards and Irony

It's no secret I hold socialism and marxism in an especially low regard.

What amuses me is that I find the bearers of the murderous vermin Che Guevara's image doing their best to parody of the ideals espoused by him.


This week on my drive to work I was passed by a semi tractor trailer, a large Kenworth, with Che Guevara's image on the passenger door. That is correct, a tool of commerce valued at $50,000 or more, used to move commercial and consumer goods for profit by an independent owner operator (as noted by the lack of company logo) or small company, with Che Guevara's image on it.

While purchasing cigars I noted behind the counter a humidor with Che Guevara's image on it. This was not a utilitarian humidor but a humidor that was well made from wood with a lovely grain, a tribute to vanity and consumerism at its worst; an expensive object to hold disposable symbols of affluence, comfort and enjoyment; Cigars.

You might want to know how this great Hero of the People's Revolution was captured:

Barely two months later the "National Liberation Army" was wiped out. Che's capture merits some clarification. His hagiographers have romanticized his last day alive. Che was defiant, they claim. Che was surprised, caught off guard and was unable to properly defend himself or to shoot himself with his last bullet as was his plan.

Nothing in the actual record supports this fantasy. In fact everything points to Che surrendering quite enthusiastically, right after he ordered his men to fight to the last man and the last bullet.

Most did, but Che was captured with a full clip in his pistol. Even more suspiciously, though he was in the bottom of a ravine during the final firefight and could have escaped in the opposite direction like a few of his men, Che actually moved upwards and towards the Bolivian soldiers who had been firing. Yet he was doing no firing of his own in the process. Then as soon as he saw some soldiers he yelled, "Don't shoot! I'm Che!" [45]

Immediately after his capture his demeanor was even more interesting "What's your name, young man?" Che asked a soldier. �Why what a great name for a Bolivian soldier!" he blurted after hearing it.

The firefight was still raging after Che's surrender. His men, unlike their comandante, were indeed fighting to the last bullet. Soon a wounded Bolivian soldier was carried by.

"Shall I attend him?!" Che asked his captors.

"Why? Are you a doctor?" asked Bolivian army captain Gary Prado.

"No, (the truth at last!) but I have some knowledge of medicine," answered Guevara, resuming his pathetic attempt to ingratiate himself with his captors. [46]

Another interesting factoid is that Che was captured wearing his famous black beret, and it sported a bullet hole. Yet those on the Bolivian mission with him like Dariel Alarcon attest that Che never once wore that beret during the Bolivian campaign. Che had always worn a military cap, all pictures of him in Bolivia back this up. Some speculate that Che put on his famous black beret (and even shot a hole in it) to make a dramatic celebrity surrender and impress his captors. He probably expected a few snapshots in the process.

If those who brandished these images supporting the ideology which Che Guevara murdered for were not so ineffectual and on the fringe, they might be considered dangerous. As it is currently they are the soft minded who you look askance at but are not worth the time or effort to educate.

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