Cuba Celebrates Che’s 83rd Birthday with New Diaries

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This week Castro’s propaganda ministry published another portion of Che Guevara’s “diaries.” Entitled “Diaries of a Combatant,” these passages were allegedly composed by Ernesto “Che” Guevara between 1956-58, and were published “unedited.”  We know this because a minister of the Stalinist regime (Che Guevara’s widow, Aleida March), vouchsafed this scoop to all foreign “news” agencies bestowed Havana Bureaus by the Cuban government.

According to Guevara’s widow, the goal of this latest release was “to show his work, his thoughts, his life, so that the Cuban people and the entire world get to know him and don’t distort things anymore,” reported CNN.

“She [Aledia March-Guevara] said she wanted readers to get to know Che Guevara just as he was,” assures the BBC.

“March told reporters the purpose of publishing the diary is to acknowledge his thoughts, life and work,” underscores the Associated Press.

“We’d have to ask if he [Che Guevara] really wanted the ‘Diary of a Combatant’ published,” said Maria del Carmen Ariet, another regime apparatchik, while leaking snippets to CNN’s Havana correspondent Shasta Darlington.

So there. The candid, courageous and revelatory nature of this Castro-regime publication is solidly documented — at least in the view of the same reporters who typically erupt in cynical snorts before any Republican finishes a sentence.

Che himself must be guffawing in his grave. He had the mainstream media’s number from day one: “Foreign reporters, preferably American,” he wrote in the first portion of these diaries titled “Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War” and published in 1963, “were much more valuable to us at that time [1957] than any military victory. Much more valuable than rural recruits for our guerrilla force, were American media recruits to export our propaganda.”

Che’s future patron and handler Castro thought similarly: “We cannot for a second abandon propaganda,” Castro stressed in a letter to a revolutionary colleague in 1954. “Propaganda is vital — propaganda is the heart of all struggles.”

But with this new portion of Che’s diaries, Castro’s propaganda apparatchiks should strive for better “synergy” with their foreign auxiliaries. To wit:

“One Thousand Killed in 5 days of Fierce Street Fighting,” read a New York Times headline on Jan 4, 1959 about the “battle” of Santa Clara in central Cuba where Ernesto “Che” Guevara earned much of his enduring martial mystique. “Commander Che Guevara appealed to Batista troops for a truce to clear the streets of casualties,” continues the Times article. “Guevara turned the tide in this bloody battle and whipped a Batista force of 3,000 men.”

A year later, Che’s own diaries revealed that his forces suffered exactly one casualty during this Caribbean Stalingrad depicted by the Times.  British historian Sir Hugh Thomas, author of a 1700-page tome of Cuban history who initially vied with Herbert Matthews as a Castro sycophant, claims a grand total of six casualties for this Caribbean Verdun. Your humble servant here interviewed several eye-witnesses (on both sides) to this “battle” and their consensus came to about five casualties total for this alleged Caribbean Iwo Jima.

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  • ajnn


    and we learn nothing.

    look at how the daily nonsense propagated by the palestinian arabs is swallowed.

  • Alex Were
  • BS77

    Happy Birthday, Che…..pile of garbage.

    • comrade bill

      You forgot to put "Yours Truly, a" before you typed "pile of garbage

  • ilda

    justice is done, you are in hell, PIG

  • coyote3

    You know I tried to understand this. Ernesto Guevara was an abject failure as a military commander, unless you consider being a jailer and executioner when the battle was over. Batista was as corrupt as you can get, and the Cuban army was ripe for bribes. Hell, the whole country was for sale. Ol' Che didn't last long after he left Cuba, and tried his "revolution" in a country that had real soldiers, with less inclination to be bought off. I can't understand looking up to someone like this. He was very bright, and I am not saying this because he was a communist. General Giap was a communist, a very good general, well spoken, and very well written, and an all around good leader. I actually had to have some admiration for him. Che was just a loser at every turn.

    • coyote3

      should have read, "He wasn't very bright."

  • Supreme_Galooty

    He was a typical liberal, about as typical as one can be without being a walking pile of statistics; totally commited to a worthless, unjustifiable, unattainable ideology; arrogant beyond all justification; and as cowardly a poseuer as has ever existed. "Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and worth more to you alive than dead."

    The tragedy is that the story of both his life AND his post-mortem legend have been painted by dangerous, perfidious hagiography.

    • comrade Bill

      You forgot his final quote. " Go ahead coward, shoot! You are only killing a man!" Capitalism kills 30,000 children 5 years old and younger EVERY DAY, from PREVENTABLE causes. That's the equivalent of about 2.5 holocausts PER YEAR! That number ALONE, justifies, or even MANDATES, the Socialist Ideology!

  • Hernan Fuentes

    As a latinamerican born in Chile I believe Che Guevara`s myth and adoration has caused us a lot of damage in trying to build a healthy economy for latinamerica and a strong democracy. Che Guevara himself does not represent any democratic value to speak of. On the contrary, he was a despot, bloody thirsty, fanatical and mesianic leader who thought he was doing us a favour, doing the right thing by promoting hate and class strugle in our land. He was badly mistaken in the pursue of his fanatic marxist-leninist ideology and he will be remembered as a complete failure in trying to build latinamerica`s democracy and economic wellbeing.