Friday, January 07, 2005

Who Was Che?

"The fog of time and the strength of anti-anti-Communism have
obscured the real Che. Who was he? He was an Argentinian revolutionary who
served as Castro's primary thug. He was especially infamous for presiding over
summary executions at La Cabaña, the fortress that was his abattoir. He liked to
administer the coup de grâce, the bullet to the back of the neck. And he loved
to parade people past El Paredón, the reddened wall against which so many
innocents were killed. Furthermore, he established the labor-camp system in
which countless citizens — dissidents, democrats, artists, homosexuals — would
suffer and die. This is the Cuban gulag. A Cuban-American writer, Humberto
Fontova, described Guevara as "a combination of Beria and Himmler." Anthony
Daniels once quipped, "The difference between [Guevara] and Pol Pot was that
[the former] never studied in Paris." "

Today on the Corner Kathryn Jean Lopez suggested that people ought to print that paragraph from Jay Nordlinger onto index cards and carry them around to give to people wearing Che tee-shirts.

Another possibility for countering Che-Chic is wearing a Reagan shirt. See . That's not the only possibility of course. I'd like to see young people (Che Chic is mostly worn by the young) wearing Che-like shirts of people opposed to communism. Why not have shirts with Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Winston Churchill, or even Lech Walesa? So what if no one is mass marketing them? There's a lot of websites out there that tell you how to make your own stencils from photographs you've altered in Photoshop (or even Word). Why should young liberals be the only ones with cool DIY clothes?

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