i read the glen beck comentary here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/17/beck.che.guevara/index.html
How Che became such a revered superhero of the hard-core left is laughable. First of all, he wasn't even a good revolutionary. He failed in his attempt at world revolution almost as badly as communism has failed in the places it was actually tried.
"This is a history of a failure" is how he himself described his efforts in the Congo. He was killed in Bolivia, trying to fire up another failure of a war. Earlier, he even managed to drop his gun and shoot himself in the face.
But more important than his incompetence is the fact that the man was a mass killer. Hundreds were reportedly executed on his watch, and that doesn't include the deaths incurred in the wars he was constantly trying to start. He described his maniacal lust for war in his writings, saying he savored "the acrid smell of gunpowder and blood of the enemy's death." How this guy is a hero to the anti-war crowd is truly perplexing.
I should also point out what seemingly gets eliminated from the Hollywood movies attempting to glorify him: his bouts with racism. When describing the differences in the strife between "Europeans" and "the black," the supposedly progressive-minded Che wrote, "their different attitudes of life separate them completely: the black is indolent and fanciful, he spends his money on frivolity and drink; the European comes from a tradition of working and saving which follows him to this corner of America and drives him to get ahead."
yeah. i've never had respect for ppl who wear that che shirt. one time i had a whole table laugh at a guy that boasted owning a che poster. i asked him if he had bought it and his silence was his answer. (the punchline is that he was pro-communist yet took part in the capitalist dogs' system by purchasing the poster).
i feel the same way about drugs. drugs are not a victimless crime. a lot of innocent people and children are killed in gang wars. a lot of ppls' lives are destroyed by drugs. sure, make a rational decision to do drugs if you want, but bear in mind you are part of the problem. you are part of the fodder that makes u.s. citizens want to put a border wall up.
no, i'm not free of fault, but on some issues i just don't budge. i just thought it was an interesting commentary by glen beck. he encapsulated a lot of the thoughts i had on the subject. plus, this is good research on thom, my unfinished graphic novel.