Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean to a leftist “martyr,” this time Ernesto Guevara, wrote Dr. Douglas Young in a recent piece for the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph. So let’s recall the real “Ché” and try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still swoon over this Stalinist mass-murderer.
After explaining the myth surrounding “Ché,” Dr. Young describes the despot as he truly was. A portion of that description appears below:
The real Guevara was a reckless bourgeois adrenaline-junkie seeking a place in history as a liberator of the oppressed. But this fanatic’s vehicle of “liberation” was Stalinism, named for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, murderer of well over 20 million of his own people. As one of Castro’s top lieutenants, Che helped steer Cuba’s revolutionary regime in a radically repressive direction.
After presenting many worthwhile facts about Guevara that rarely find their way into mainstream media reports, Dr. Young concludes his piece this way:
So why do so many well-heeled American libs still admire this thug? Are the young simply ignorant of his execrable record and drawn to the image of the dashing young rebel? Do older progressives feel guilt for their free market prosperity, and showing solidarity with Che absolves them? Do hippies-turned-yuppies get nostalgic for their youthful protests and rationalize that the symbolism of Che as a “social reformer” eclipses his actual horrific human rights record? And are some American Guevaraistas truly dangerous leftists who seek to emulate their icon and destroy our free, democratic, capitalist society? Ask that guy wearing the Che T-shirt.
Because I’ve seen too many of those Ché-worship t-shirts, both as I’ve traveled around the country and ventured out in the St. Louis area, I decided to take action and offer an alternative inspired by the anti-drug message made famous by President Ronald Reagan’s wife, Nancy: “Just Ché No!” merchandise.