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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Che Guevara: The man who believed in mankind

..........Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara is a 20th century icon, who symbolises rebellion, justice and equality.Some capitalists like to think that he was a terrorist, but he was a hero to the people.Che Guevara was a Marxist revolutionary humanist, who believed in defeating Imperalism through world revolution. He wished for the world to be a better place, for mankind to leave the greed of money, capitalism and facism and turn its attention to important things focusing on moral values, education, the eradication of money, poverty, hunger and disease. Splinter and models of Che's resistance movements began to spring up in Mexico, Panama, Argentina, and others particularly in South America. As soon as the oppressed countries were liberated Che knew the importance of them being able not only to read and write but to have basic human needs and rights which the Latino and Black population so clearly lacked.He continually volunteered for extra physical labor, despite his asthma. Che, for fifty years, has been Cuba’s disciplined, aescetic, revolutionary model. Generations of Cuban kids have been exhortedvivir como el Che, to live like Che. Che chose to leave Cuba in 1965 to fight clandestinely in the Congo. Some people say that Castro became insecure because Guevara was trying to convert Cuba into a place he wanted it to be and so Castro asked him to give up his position. But in 1965 in a copy of Guevara’s letter to Castro he writes himself that is giving up his position. “I feel that I have fulfilled the part of my duty that tied me to the Cuban revolution in its territory,” the letter says, “And I say goodbye to you, the comrades, your people, who are already mine … Other nations of the world call for my modest efforts. I can do that which is denied you because of your responsibility as the head of Cuba, and the time has come for us to part.”Each new generation which bangs its head against the horrors of capitalism has something to learn from Che....... Nelson Mandela referred to him as "an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom" while Jean Paul Sarte described him as "not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age.According to Time magazine, Che Guevara was one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.A few years ago, Swatch, the Swiss manufacturer of watches, released a Revolution model of their watch adorned with Che's image on its face. Similarly, Fisher, an Austrian Ski and Tennis manufacturer, unveiled a Revolution model of its skis also adorned with Che's likeness on its product. In the world of music, the very political rock band, Rage Against the Machine, have placed Che's image on everything from album covers to T-shirts. Guevara remains both a revered and reviled historical figure, polarized in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, essays, documentaries, songs, and films. Che’s legend has continued to grow since his death in 1967, and the revolutionary, anti-imperialist ideals he lived and died for now appeal to a new generation of 21st-century men and women. No matter what people say about him Guevara remains an admired, controversial, and significant historical figure. The fact that his secretly-buried remains were finally discovered in Bolivia[1997] also contributed to renewed public interest in Che Guevara's life and times.This secular saint was ready to die because he could not tolerate a world where the poor of the earth, the displaced and dislocated of history, would be relegated to its vast margins.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GmiNqHc8v8Q#!
 
In Mexico, in September 1954, Guevara met Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, who were exiled from Cuba. These brothers were planning to overthrow the government of  Fulgencio Batista in Cuba, a coup known as "the 26th of July Movement".On January 2, 1959 Castro's troops entered Havana, capital of Cuba. They set up their government and Guevara became Castro's right-hand man. John F. Kennedy himself (another revolutionary who got shot down for not playing the game) spoke up against this horrifying fact: “Fulgencio Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans in seven years, and he turned Democratic Cuba into a complete police state, destroying every individual liberty. Yet our aid to his regime, and the ineptness of our policies, enabled Batista to invoke the name of the U.S. in support of his reign of terror. Administration spokesmen publicly praised Batista - hailed him as a staunch ally and a good friend - at a time when Batista was murdering thousands, destroying the last vestiges of freedom and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the Cuban people.Following the Cuban Revolution, Guevara performed a number of key roles in the new government.He implemented the Agrarian Reform Law of 1959, presided over the trials and executions of ex-Batista functionaries, represented Cuba at the United Nations, and commanded revolutionary forces during the Bay of Pigs invasion. The historian argued Che Guevara was not responsible for the execution of any “innocent” prisoners.“I have yet to find a single credible source pointing to a case where Che executed ‘an innocent’. Those persons executed by Guevara or on his orders were condemned for the usual crimes punishable by death at times of war or in its aftermath: desertion, treason or crimes such as rape, torture or murder. I should add that my research spanned five years, and included anti-Castro Cubans among the Cuban-American exile community in Miami and elsewhere.”— Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life.{{{{{Unlike past biographers of Che, Anderson gained unprecedented access to personal archives maintained by Che’s widow, as well as Cuban government documents long kept secret during the Cold War. He conducts extensive interviews with Che’s comrades and enemies, including FelĂ­x Rodriguez, the mercurial Cuban-American CIA operative and Bay of Pigs veteran who ordered Che’s execution.}}}}}…….. In 1965 Che left Cuba to foment revolution in the Congo and Bolivia. These latter campaigns were less than successful, and on October 8, 1967 Che was captured by the Bolivian Army.The Bolivian officer who took Guevara prisoner had been trained at Fort Bragg–at a U.S. school for army coups, murder and counterinsurgency. And the man in charge at the scene, “Captain Ramos,” was a veteran CIA field agent, Felix Rodriguez.http://www.companeroche.com/index.php?id=107 Rodriguez, who was masquerading as a Bolivian army captain, had previously led a CIA death squad in Vietnam. Later, this same Felix Rodriguez would be personally appointed by George Bush to be the key CIA operative at El Salvador’s Ilopango Air Force base during the 1980s, where Rodriguez oversaw the CIA’s notorious cocaine-for-arms airflights.The U.S. ruling class has always viewed Latin America as its “backyard” and they have used armed force against anyone who challenged them there. U.S. forces labeled Pancho Villa a bandit and murdered Sandino in Nicaragua. They overturned elected governments–including the murder of Chilean president Salvador Allende and 30,000 people in 1973. Dozens of bloody invasions and aggressions over the last century maintained U.S. control of Panama, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Central America. And in the last decade, they have mobilized their squads of CIA agents, advisers and “anti-drug” troops to fight against the people’s war led by the Communist Party of Peru.The day after his capture, bedraggled and exhausted, Che was trussed up and taken to a thatched school house in La Higuera, where he was shot four times by a Bolivian volunteer called Mario Teran, who lives in hiding to this day. Che was 39. His last words were, 'I know you have come to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.' Che’s execution was engineered by a nazi war criminal  Klaus Barbie.After the war, Barbie worked covertly for U.S. Army intelligence in Germany prior to his escape to Bolivia. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk Che Guevara was a legend even before his death. A revolutionary hero, Marxist Guerrilla and pop icon, Guevara's reputation and image have endured as one of the most powerful of the 20th century.Che Guevara became a hero not only in Cuba, but also the world. In America even before his death in 1967, Che was an icon for those campaigning for an end to war in Vietnam. Students wept in American campuses when news spread of his death. His death stands as a glaring example of the role the U.S. and its agents play in the  brutal repression of humanity’s highest aspirations. The torturers of the CIA were not invented on 9/11 — but have a very long and bloody history. The United States of America had spent billions into fighting Communism, lost tens of thousands of troops and morael and support from its citizens who by now were heavily anti-war where ever the United States decided to send forces. America could no longer afford to base troops in Western Europe, moreover it could not afford to base troops anywhere. The United States had been zapped as a military superpower and faced riots and chaos in the country. All because of one man, Ernesto "Che" Guevara.He was a legend, a hero who pushed history and made history therefore, since history remembers great and noble men Che will always be remembered.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ......Was Che Racist?Years later in Cuba he showed he was not racist through his actions.Che pushed for racially integrating the schools in Cuba, years before they were racially integrated in the Southern United States. Che Guevara fought in Africa with an all black army against white secretaris,his closest aides were also partially black. Che's friend and personal bodyguard was Harry "Pombo" Villegas, who was Afro-Cuban (black).…Article 42 in the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba reads that, “discrimination because of race, color, sex or national origin is forbidden and is punished by law,” and Article 295 of the Cuban criminal code establishes fines and sanctions of between six months and two years for discrimination and incitement of hatred on the basis of gender, race or national origin. Thus, the very warm welcome residents of Harlem in New York City gave to Fidel Castro in 1960 when he decided to relocate to a hotel there for his visit to the United Nations.  Not the least among those who welcomed him was Malcolm X.  Other leading African American figures such as W.E. B. Du Bois, William Worthy and Robert F. Williams courageously countered the barrage of hysterical anti-Cuban propaganda at the time and spoke out forcefully in defense of Cuba. The tarring of Che Guevera as a racist is typical projection, making use of the valid sensibilities of the masses of people against racism to inoculate them against Marxism.Cuba is the only country in the world in which blacks and mestizos have the state and the government as their ally.Afro-Cubans were a significant fraternal part of the African Diaspora when the 1959 Revolution came along.Che is a hero, not a terrorist/Racist.Che Guevara was a great leader for the poor and oppressed.                                                                                      File:CheInCongo1965.jpg image..... Ernesto Guevara’s epic motorcycle journey through South America as a medical student while underscoring how U.S. intervention in Latin America crystallized Ernesto’s revolutionary consciousness. In June 1954, Ernesto sojourned as a physician in Guatemala, providing free medical care to the poor in the countryside. When a CIA coup overthrew the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz, he sought refuge in the Argentinean Embassy. That summer, Guevara became convinced that only armed revolution could secure the future of oppressed and marginalized Latin Americans everywhere.                                                                            .....Che is the ultimate emblematic figure of what might be called the Decade of Youth -- the Sixties -- the last period in our country in which young people around the world rose up in revolt against the established order, believing that they could actually change things, Who better than Che exemplifies that phenomenon? Che died defending no other cause than the cause of the poor and humble of this earth … Before history, people who act as he did, people who do and give everything for the cause of the poor, grow in stature with each passing day and find a deeper place in the heart of the people with each passing day.                                                                                       ...The people are weary of being oppressed, persecuted, exploited to the maximum. They are weary of the wretched selling of their labor-power day after day — faced with the fear of joining the enormous mass of unemployed — so that the greatest profit can be wrung from each human body, profit later squandered in the orgies of the masters of capital. - Che Guevara                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             5,000 of these flyers were handed out in Dallas, Texas accusing Kennedy of being a traitor........Even the imperialist and anti-communist US President JFK, the man who personally helped engineer the Bay of Pigs incident, once remarked, “I believe that there is no country in the world, including the African regions, including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba […].” He continued, “I believe that we [the United States] created, built and manufactured the Castro movement out of whole cloth and without realizing it [….] In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries”...............I agree with Marx in his assessment against capitalism. He said that capitalism was a system that alienated workers, essentially creating an impoverished class. In a capitalist society, prices of goods are no longer a function of use value, but of profit. Capitalists manage to take something from the worker and sell it for more. This is a form of exploitation and theft, because the worker is still making the same wage, while the capitalist is rolling in dough. Although it’s the worker’s labor that produced the good, the worker is in poverty while the capitalist is rich from profit. Reno Airport-Art Flap.jpg
                                                                                                                                                                               

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