Ernesto “Che” Guevara was the second in command, chief executioner, and chief KGB liaison for the Cuban dictatorship. The police he controlled was KGB-supervised, and they jailed more political prisoners as a percentage of the population than Stalin. They stole the savings and property of 6.4 million citizens and made refugees of 20 percent of the population. Not a single family went untouched by the regime’s executions, jailings, theft and torture.
Ernesto Guevara had been a communist operative in Guatemala when Jacobo Arbenz was overthrown by his own army and fled behind the Iron Curtain, to Czechoslovakia. He would not let this happen in Cuba, so he started killing Cuban officers in the thousands after the communist takeover. As his surviving prisoners reported, he seemed to greatly enjoy killing bound and gagged victims. This was probably the only thing he could do without making mistakes; as Minister of Industry he was a disaster, destroying the country's prosperous economy, and as a commander he never had any success in battle. As a revolutionary strategist he rode on Castro's coattails, but failed when on his own in Congo and Bolivia.
Despite many attempts, no one has ever been able to find any records of Ernesto Guevara’s medical degree. In fact, when he was captured in Bolivia, Guevara told Captain Gary Prado that he was not a doctor, but “had some knowledge of medicine.”
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In 1959, Guevara eagerly accepted a suggestion by Soviet agent Angel Ceutah. Every candidate for officer, suggested Ceutah, would take part in a firing squad and pull the trigger. This way they would all be guilty of murder and therefore had to be loyal to the communist dictatorship, for if it would fall they could face prosecution.
As soon as he came to Havana, Ernesto Guevara stole and moved into what was probably the most luxurious mansion in Cuba.
He boasted: “We execute from revolutionary conviction!” He said: “Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail.”
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Edwin Tetlow, Havana correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph, reported on a mass “trial” orchestrated by Che Guevara where Tetlow noticed the death sentences posted on a board before the trial had started.
Guevara often signed his name as “Stalin II.” He claimed that “The solutions to the world's problems lie behind the Iron Curtain.” He proposed that “If the nuclear missiles had remained [after the Cuban Missile Crisis] we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City.”
He also professed that the victory of socialism was well worth “millions of atomic victims.”
What about his reputation as a cool revolutionary youth icon? In a 1961 speech, Guevara denounced the very “spirit of rebellion” as “reprehensible.” “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates,” he commanded. “Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service.”
The youth “should learn to think and act as a mass.” While “those who choose their own path” were accused of being “lumpen,” “anti-social” and “delinquents.”
He then went on and swore “to make individualism disappear from Cuba! It is criminal to think of individuals!”
He cheered the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956 and the slaughter of thousands of Hungarians who resisted the Soviet Union. He said they were all “fascists and CIA agents.”
“Dear Papa, today I discovered I really like killing,” Guevara had written in a letter in 1957. When Castro had brought him to power, Guevara told his interrogators: “always interrogate our prisoners at night. A man’s resistance is always lower at night.”
As the main KGB liaison, Ernesto Guevara welcomed hundreds of KGB and STASI “consultants” in the early 1960s. They found him to be an eager student. The crime of a “rocker” lifestyle, i.e. listening to rock n’ roll, or of being a homosexual or otherwise freaky, was enough for Guevara’s police to arrest thousands of youths in the streets and send them to labor camps. Most of those arrested were teenagers or in their early twenties. There, surrounded by barbed wire and towers with machine guns, they could read large signs such as “Work Will Make Men Out of You”. Anyone dressing like those attending Woodstock in 1969 would have been sent to one of these concentration camps in Cuba. So much for the “revolutionary” and “cool” Guevara worshipped by left-wingers.
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Guevara About non-Whites
Guevara didn’t think well of South American Indians, unless he could use them. He called the Bolivian Indians “animalitos,” little animals. He scoffed at Mexicans as being “a band of illiterate Indians.” He wrote of Blacks: “The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving.” (Those are Guevara’s words from his diaries, which Robert Redford based his Motorcycle Diaries on – but he left out that part.)
Fellow communist Sanchez recalled how Guevara constantly tormented the Black Cuban rebel, Juan Almedia. “Almedia would get furious! So finally I told him: look Juan, if Che keeps calling you ‘el negrito,’ turn around and call him ‘El Chancho’.” (“The Pig”; Ernesto Guevara hated baths as a “bourgeois” habit, as revealed by Sanchez in the documentary Che; Anatomia de un Mito.)
A Cuban prosecutor who defected, Jose Vilasuso, estimated that Ernesto Guevara personally signed 400 death warrants within the first few months of command in La Cabana.
A Basque priest, Iaki de Aspiazi, who often gave prisoners last rites, says Guevara personally ordered 700 executions by firing squad in that time.
Cuban journalist Luis Ortega, who knew Guevara from 1954, wrote that Guevara sent 1,892 men to the firing squad.
Daniel James writes in Che Guevara: A Biography that Guevara admitted to ordering “several thousand” executions during the first year of the Castro regime.
|“I don’t need proof to execute a man. I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him.”|
“Executions?” Che Guevara exclaimed while addressing the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1964. “Certainly we execute!” he declared. “And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the death against the revolution’s enemies!” The UN General Assembly clapped and cheered.
“I don’t need proof to execute a man,” snapped Guevara to a judicial underling in 1959. “I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him!”
|Small photographs of the faces of Castro's and Guevara's victims, together forming the "iconic" Guevara poster|
Armando Valladares spent 22 years in prison camps, but fortunately escaped execution. He said of his experience: “Not one witness to accuse me, not one to identify me, not one single piece of evidence against me.” His crime was refusing to display a pro-Castro sign on the desk in his office.
Guevara’s failure in Congo and Bolivia
In 1965 Ernesto Guevara went to Congo in the hope of raising an army there. He left after a year, when the Africans proved impossible to organize, and even Guevara was disgusted by their savagery. In 1966 he went to Bolivia hoping to “create a second Vietnam.” He didn’t get it: Vietnam wasn’t the peasant rebellion leftist propaganda makes it out to be, it was a North Vietnam of 20 million people invading a smaller South Vietnam, supplied with guns and money from the Soviet Union and China. In Bolivia the Indians owned their land and saw Guevara not as a hero but as a threat. He was captured and killed after 11 months, when most peasants had refused to help him.
Meanwhile the Soviets had come to loathe him, and they withdrew support from his Bolivian Communist party. They used an undercover agent, Haydée Tamara Bunke, to report on him.
Former CIA officers have told of how Fidel Castro himself, via the Bolivian Communist party, constantly fed the CIA info on Ernesto’s whereabouts in Bolivia. He also instructed the Bolivian communists not to assist Guevara in any way; “Not even an aspirin” in case he had a headache. Fidel Castro was notorious for killing those who might be a threat to his own power. As many people around him have testified, “Fidel only praises the dead.”
When trying to overthrow the government in Bolivia, on his second-to-last-day alive Guevara had to face real combat, which he wasn’t used to. He couldn’t take it. He preferred to shoot at people who were bound and gagged. He ordered his guerrilla charges to spare no one and fight to the last bullet. While they did so, Guevara himself snuck away from the firefight and surrendered with a full clip in his pistol. He told his captors: “Don’t shoot! I’m Che! I’m worth more to you alive than dead!”
He then groveled shamelessly, trying to make friends among his captors: “What’s your name, young man?” “Why, what a lovely name for a Bolivian soldier!”
“So what will they do with me?” Guevara asked Bolivian Captain Gary Prado. “I don't suppose you will kill me. I'm surely more valuable alive ... And you Captain Prado, you are a very special person ... I have been talking to some of your men. They think very highly of you, captain! And don't worry, this whole thing is over. We have failed. Your army has pursued us very tenaciously ... now, could you please find out what they plan to do with me?"
|Ernesto Guevara executed by the Bolivian military|