Monday, March 26, 2012

A Letter To the People Of Ireland: Don't Build A Monument To Che Guevara

Yale Professor Carlos Eire wrote a letter to the Irish Times in response to the plans by the City of Galway to erect a statue of Ernesto "Che" Guevara.  The Irish Times declined to publish the letter, but National Review didn't.

The awful truth about Ernesto “Che” Guevara is that he was a violent thug with despotic tendencies. Che’s admirers prefer to think of him as a righteous warrior, and often cite certain books that portray him as a saint. I hate to break the news to them: Some books are full of lies. Fortunately, others are not, like the memoir Cuba 1959, "La Galera de la Muerte," written by Javier Arzuaga, the priest who accompanied all of Che’s victims to the firing squad during the first nine months of the so-called Revolution. Read it and weep, please, all of you who love Che. We Cubans are the only people on earth who knew the real Che — as opposed to the icon stamped on all sorts of merchandise — but there are many in the world who tune us out, discredit our testimony, and would love to gag us. Somehow, the lie is preferable.

You can read the rest of the letter via the below link:

Note: I interviewed Cuban-American Humberto Fontova, author of Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him, for Counterterrorism magazine a few years ago.

You can read the interview via the below links:

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