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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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