The real Che Guevara, in ten quotes

Manuel Llamas

The worst thing is not that the communists remember their bloodthirsty heroes, but that such a flag is brandished today by the third political force in Spain.

On October 9, 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara was executed in the Bolivian jungle after being captured by the army after several months of unsuccessful guerrilla activity in the Andean country in order to spread his long-awaited communist hell across the American continent. And the most paradoxical thing is that, according to some experts, Che was betrayed by Fidel himself – things of comrades. Almost 50 years have passed since then and the myth that surrounds Che continues, unfortunately, very much alive.

In fact, his life and work are remembered year after year by prominent political leaders in Spain, such as Pablo Iglesias, once a false knight of the Nordic Social Democracy, but who since the last general elections in June has chosen to remove his mask to show himself as he is: a radical of the extreme left, lover of outdated communism and faithful defender of the Bolivarianism that is doing so much damage to Venezuelans.

The seriousness of the matter, however, is not that the communists remember one of their heroes -recognized dictators and genocides, many of them, the rest convinced totalitarians-, but that this flag is brandished today by the third political force in Spain. Not in vain, how would you react if one of the parties with government options mourned the suicide of Hitler, the death of Stalin or the public lynching of Mussolini? What would they think if prominent political leaders praised the Nazi leaders and proudly displayed their flags and symbols?

The sensation that would inspire such barbarism in the collective imagination would undoubtedly be a combination of disgust, panic, and unease. But, unfortunately, the same does not happen if the image in question is that of Iglesias singing the International with his fist raised or that of his partner Alberto Garzón celebrating that Che’s ideas “did not die” and then shouting “Until victory, always!”

It is sad to have to remember, once again, that communism has caused 100 million deaths and countless victims throughout the 20th century or that 11 million Cubans have suffered the abominable dictatorship of the Castro brothers for more than 50 years, with a level of misery only comparable to that of the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, in a Cuba that was one of the richest economies in the American continent at the beginning of the last century, but it is no less so that the Spanish extreme left praises a figure as aberrant and vomit-inducing as Che’s.

His benevolent and heroic advertising image, today turned into an icon, continues to live on t-shirts, caps, posters, and products of all kinds whose very capitalist sale trends throughout the globe, but it is still a myth conceived by the left to hide his macabre crimes, taking advantage of the profound ignorance and naivety of all those who claim his work or proudly display his face without knowing very well what he really represents.

The real Che was nothing more than a cold murderer, a miserable criminal, and a convinced genocide, as he himself reflected, by way of summary, in the following ten sentences:

To build communism, simultaneously with the material base, it is necessary to make the new man (…) It is the dictatorship of the proletariat exercising itself not only on the defeated class but also individually, on the victorious class

Letter to the editor of the Uruguayan magazine Marcha, published on March 1965 with the title Socialism and man in Cuba (link in Spanish).

As Marxists, we have maintained that peaceful coexistence between nations does not encompass the coexistence between exploiters and exploited, between oppressors and oppressed.

Intervention in the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 11, 1964.

Hatred as a fighting factor, uncompromising hatred for the enemy, which pushes beyond the natural limitations of the human being and turns it into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers have to be like this; a people without hatred cannot triumph over a brutal enemy (…) War must be carried to where the enemy takes it: to their home, to their places of entertainment; make it total

Article (Spanish) published on April 16, 1967 in a special supplement of Tricontinental magazine.

The peaceful path is eliminated and violence is inevitable. To achieve socialist regimes, rivers of blood will have to flow and the path of liberation must be continued, even at the cost of millions of atomic victims.

Tactics and Strategy of the Cuban Revolution (Spanish). Verde Olivo Magazine, Prensa Latina 8-10-68

If the missiles had remained in Cuba, we would have used them against the very heart of the United States, including New York City.

Interview granted to Sam Russell from the London Daily Worker newspaper, collected by the prestigious Time magazine, in its edition of December 21, 1962, as a result of the Missile Crisis between the US and the former Soviet Union.


I belong by my ideological formation to those who believe that the solution to the world’s problems lies behind the so-called Iron Curtain

Letter that Che wrote in December 1957 to René Ramos Latour (Daniel), National Coordinator of the July 26 Movement.

We have to say here what is a known truth, that we have always expressed it to the world: executions, yes, we have shot, we are shooting and we will continue shooting as long as necessary. Our fight is a fight to the death, we know what would be the result of a lost battle and the worms also have to know what the result of the battle lost today in Cuba is.

Intervention in the General Assembly of the United Nations in use of the right of reply on December 11, 1964.

Do not delay the causes, this is a revolution, do not use bourgeois legal methods; the world changes, the tests are secondary. You have to proceed out of conviction. We know what we are here for. These are a gang of criminals, murderers, henchmen … I would put them all against the wall with a .50, and rattatatata [imitating the sound of a machine gun]

Account of José Vilasuso (link in Spanish), lawyer and professor at the Interamerican University of Bayamón (Puerto Rico), who belonged to the body in charge of summary judicial proceedings in La Cabaña.

Cuban workers have to get used to living in a regime of collectivism and in no way can they go on strike

Television address on June 26, 1961, when he was Minister of Industries.

We must end all newspapers, because you cannot make a revolution with freedom of the press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy.

Quote collected in the book Fidel y el Che, by José Pardo Llada (1923-2009), journalist, politician, and former Cuban revolutionary. He accompanied Che on his trips to Egypt and the Soviet Union.

Sources

This post was translated from:

Llamas, M. (2016) ‘El auténtico Che Guevara, en diez frases’, ABC, Madrid, 14 October. Available at: https://www.libertaddigital.com/opinion/manuel-llamas/el-autentico-che-guevara-en-diez-frases-80284/ (Accessed: 12 October 2020).

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  1. Che Guevara June 15, 2021 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    “We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy.”

    ― Che Guevara

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