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12.07.2005 um 10:32 Uhr

Che "Killer" Guevara

Che Guevara wird weltweit nicht nur von den Ultra-Linken glorifiziert. Fast jeder Jugendliche erliegt irgendwann einmal dem revolutionären Charme des Mannes, der wie kein anderer zum Symbol der sogenannten lateinamerikanischen Befreiungsbewegung geworden ist. Unklar bleibt weiterhin, wovon diese Bewegung die bis heute mehrheitlich vergleichsweise armen Bewohner des mittel- und südamerikanischen Kontinents eigentlich befreit hat. Das heutige Kuba, dessen Wohlstandsniveau heute hinter die vorrevolutionäre Zeit zurückgefallen ist, kann uns mit Sicherheit nicht die Antwort geben. Immer klarer wird dagegen, mit welchen Methoden die Ikone Guevara seine Ziele zu erreichen suchte.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa widmet sich diesem Thema in The New Republic (leider kostenpflichtig, daher hier eine etwas längere Zusammenfassung):

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967), the Argentina-born revolutionary who helped Castro come to power in Cuba, has long been lionized by the hard left. Guevara's posthumous popularity has accelerated in recent years -- especially since the 2004 release of "The Motorcycle Diaries," a feature film based on his early autobiographical writings -- making him a crossover superstar whose likeness appears on countless T-shirts, posters and tattoos, and who has been cited as an inspiration for political dissidents from Latin America to Lebanon to Hong Kong.

Yet the reality of Che Guevara's life is far different from the popular perception, as Independent Institute Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa explains in a new article in the July 11 & 18 issue of THE NEW REPUBLIC.

It's safe to assume that many people now sporting radical-chic Che T-shirts oppose capital punishment, but Che Guevara served as an executioner for Castro, as Guevara himself admitted in some of his diary entries, notes Vargas Llosa, author of LIBERTY FOR LATIN AMERICA. Guevara, for example, admitted to shooting Eutimio Guerra in January of 1957 because he suspected him of passing on information. He also admitted to having shot a peasant named Aristidio, although he wasn't certain he could justify that execution, as well as a man named Echevarría, the brother of a comrade. On the eve of victory for the revolution, Guevara ordered the execution of a couple dozen people in the central Cuban region of Santa Clara, according to Jaime Costa Vázquez (a.k.a. "El Catalán"), a former commander in the Cuban revolutionary army whom Vargas Llosa interviewed for the article.

But Che Guevara's killing spree didn't reach its apex until after the corrupt Bautista regime collapsed and Castro put Guevara in charge of the San Carlos de La Cabaña prison.

José Vilasuso, a lawyer and professor in Puerto Rico who had served with the group in charge of the judicial process at La Cabaña prison, told Vargas Llosa that one night in 1959 he witnessed the execution of seven political prisoners. Another witness, Javier Arzuaga, a clergyman more inclined toward the liberation theology of Leonardo Boff than the conservatism of the former Cardinal Ratzinger, told Vargas Llosa that Che Guevara never overturned a sentence. He said he personally witnessed 55 executions, including that of a young boy named Ariel Lima. Estimates of the number of executions of political prisoners during the six months that Che Guevara was in charge of La Cabaña vary. Economist Armando Lago has compiled a list of 179 executions. Pedro Corzo, who is making a documentary about Che Guevara, puts the number at 200. Vilasuso told Vargas Llosa that 400 political prisoners were executed under Guevara's command.

Whether Che Guevara executed 400 political prisoners or "only" 200, it's hard to see how self-styled "progressives" can continue to justify their worship of the murderer. For those who refuse to blame the "idealistic" Che for these executions, which took place without regard for due process, Alvaro Vargas Llosa also notes Guevara's Taliban-like rule of the city of Sancti Spiritus in 1958, his ordering of his men to rob banks during the revolution, his rationalization of the Guanahacabibes labor camp, his negotiation with Khrushchev to acquire 42 Soviet missiles, half of them armed with nuclear warheads, his destruction of the Cuban economy, and his reckless revolutionary sojourns throughout Latin America and to the Congo, spreading violence and fostering only more misery.

Immer weniger verständlich wird damit seine Popularität.
Via Independent Institute.

Kommentare zu diesem Eintrag:

  1. zitierensinem schreibt am 01.02.2007 um 15:25 Uhr:wer hat che wara umgebracht
  2. zitierenMichael schreibt am 05.02.2007 um 16:33 Uhr:Wo liegt che genau begraben
  3. zitierensero schreibt am 26.11.2007 um 10:52 Uhr:che guevara war ein guter mensch
  4. zitierensteffenh schreibt am 26.11.2007 um 11:54 Uhr:Ja, ganz egal was er gemacht hat, für dich war er ein guter Mensch. Dann ist ja alles im Lot...
  5. zitierenmichaela schreibt am 26.03.2008 um 14:15 Uhr:lest erst einmal seine biografie, seine gesammten tagebücher und urteilt dann über ihn.
    ernesto 'che' guevara war ein extrem intelligenter mensch und hat sein handeln immer gerechtfertigt.
    ob ihr diese denkansätze aber versteht wage ich zu bezweifeln.
  6. zitierenDaniel schreibt am 12.04.2008 um 18:26 Uhr:
    michaela:lest erst einmal seine biografie, seine gesammten tagebücher und urteilt dann über ihn.
    ernesto 'che' guevara war ein extrem intelligenter mensch und hat sein handeln immer gerechtfertigt.
    ob ihr diese denkansätze aber versteht wage ich zu bezweifeln.


    klingt etwas hochnäsig klar habe ich jedenfals alles verstanden und die bücher gelesen
  7. zitierenGeiler Gustav schreibt am 04.01.2016 um 13:45 Uhr:Che Guevara ist dick

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