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In 1959, with the help of KGB specialists, Tom Morello’s icon helped found, train and indoctrinate Cuba’s secret police. “Always interrogate your prisoners at night,” Che Guevara ordered his Soviet-armed goons. “A man’s resistance is always lower at night.” Today the world’s largest image of Morello’s hero adorns Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior, the headquarters for Cuba’s STASI and KGB trained secret police.
The man glorified on RATM’s amplifiers and CD covers adopted and enforced decrees against rebellious youth drafted by Stalin’s police chief Lavrenti Beria during The Great Terror. Che Guevara also cheekily signed his correspondence, “Stalin II.”
So who’s clueless here?
Why Paul Ryan of course, according to the media.
Had Tom Morello been born three decades earlier and in Cuba and attempted the “grunge” lifestyle he’d have found himself digging ditches and mass-graves in a prison camp system inspired by the man glorified on his amplifier. Tens of thousands of Cuban youths learned that Che Guevara’s admonitions were more than idle bombast. In Che Guevara the hundreds of Soviet KGB and East German STASI torturers who flooded Cuba in the early ’60s found an extremely eager pupil and fan. By the mid-’60s the crime of a “rocker” lifestyle or effeminate behavior got thousands of youths yanked off Cuba’s streets and parks by secret police and dumped in prison camps with “Work Will Make Men Out of You” in bold letters above the gate and with machine gunners posted “all along the watchtowers.”
But don’t take it from me. Take it from a relatively recent escapee from the regime Che Guevara co-founded, and who is a grunge-rocker to boot. “In Cuba freedom is nonexistent,” he told Mexico’s Proceso magazine. “The regime demands submission. It persecutes all hippies, homosexuals, poets and free thinkers. It employs total repression against them.”
This grunge-rocker’s name is Canek Sanchez Guevara—Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s very grandson. The regime co-founded by his grandfather jailed and tortured Canek for the crime of trying to play some rock music unsanctioned by the Stalinist authorities. Tom Morello might profit from a “jam session” with fellow guitarist Canek Guevara.
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