Time Magazine’s Che Romance

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Elsewhere in the Time encomium to Che, author Dan Fastenberg wrote, “Che was the embodiment of a man true to his word.”

Alas, the so-called “research” by Time Magazine’s Fastenberg again appears deficient:

“I am not a communist and have never been a communist,” Che Guevara deceitfully described himself to the New York Times on January 4th, 1959. “It gives me great pain to be called a communist,” he said.

Fastenberg continued: “Che was the embodiment of a man who never backs down and is willing to pay the ultimate price. After Guevara was captured fomenting revolution in Bolivia in 1967, he said, ‘Go ahead and kill me, I am just a man.’”

In fact, on his second to last day alive, Che Guevara ordered his guerrilla charges to give no quarter, to fight to the last breath and to the last bullet. With his men doing exactly that, Che snuck away from the firefight, and crawled toward the Bolivian soldiers doing the firing.

The details of Che’s capture are available in the official records of the men who captured him. Time Magazine’s investigative journalists are no more barred from reading those records than this writer.  These documents record that this “embodiment of a man who never backs down” dropped his fully loaded weapons on October 8, 1967 and whimpered: “Don’t Shoot! I’m Che Guevara! I’m worth more to you alive than dead!”

His Bolivian captors saw it differently. They adopted a policy that has since become a favorite among Americans who encounter endangered species on their property: “Shoot, shovel, and shut-up.”

Justice has never been better served.

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  • Julio

    The romantic image of Che Guevara is one of the gretest frauds of our times, comparable with the name given to Groenland ("green land"). I just hope that true finds its way to the public, so in one or two generations only extremist radicals were the kind of people using Che's T-shirts. And also hope to live enough to see the big statue of Che in SantaClara (Cuba) being teard down like the statues of Lenin in the ex-USSR republics, and the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.

  • Ghostwriter

    You're not going to believe this,but recently I'd heard that Che Guevara got himself a manga biography. For those who aren't familiar with this,manga are Japanese comics and recently had become pretty popular in this country. Sadly,the guy who drew this never went to Miami,because there is a large Cuban community there and he would have been told what Che Guevara was really like. He certainly didn't talk to you,Mr. Fontova.
    As for "Time" magazine,hopefully,it'll get it's story straight,someday.

  • BLJ

    Che was a (slang for a cat) plain and simple. When his sorry butt was cornered in Bolivia he started crying like a baby. They still blew him away.

    Any person who wears one of those idiotic t-shirts bearing his image is a moron and should be slapped and hard.

  • call me roy

    I am my college professor's favorite pupil. He calls himself a "philosophical progressive" (whatever that means) and he tells wonderful stories about Mao Zedong and how deeply spirtual it is to become a Progressive. He told us not to pay any attention to those horrible rumors that the Conservatives preach to us about Brother Mao's murder of 60 million. I know it's a lie, that's what a girl on Facebook said. After all, President Obama had a Mao ornamate hanging fron the White House Christmas tree, right on cool. After learning all of these new political ideas, I went out and got the latest Che Guevara t-shirt. It is so rad. My professor went to Harvard like Obama did so I know he loves Che too. My professor said Hollywood helped to revive another leftist martyr but my uncle (who was in the Army) said Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean and that I should read to try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still swoon over this Stalinist mass-murderer. What ever that means, later dude.

  • Amused

    Isn't it rather strange , that in college ,where it is assumed students have achieved a respectable reading comprehension skill , they remain oblivious to common knowledge in the public domain ?

  • mokshaone

    But if they learned the truth then it would destroy all of their castles in the sky. Better to remain ignorant and keep all of the invested fantasies.

  • http://theydontfoolme.com Cao

    The People’s Cube has some hilarious accounts of western civilization idolizing the murderous Che. With communist propaganda having reached epic proportions in the US, it is no wonder kids think he’s ‘cool’. But it is disgusting that most people don’t know the truth about what he did and what he said – and how he so hated the capitalism that sells the t-shirts with his image on them .