The "godfather" of airplane hijackings now greets the flying public in Nevada.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara scorned Mexicans as “a rabble of illiterate Indians,” jailed artists at a higher rate than Stalin, co-founded the terrorist movement that pulled off among the first and deadliest airplane hijackings in the Western Hemisphere, and craved to nuke the USA.
In November 1958, Cubana Airlines Flight 495 from Miami to Varadero was hijacked at gunpoint by terrorists belonging to Castro and Che’s July 26th Movement. The plane crashed in Cuba killing 14 passengers. Che’s glowing face now greets all passengers preparing to board at Reno-Tahoe Airport. How very thoughtful of airport officials.
Actually, in the interest of historical accuracy, I should clarify that Che Guevara’s anti-American bloodlust could have been slaked only by nuking the American patrons of this American airport born before 1962. So he mostly craved to nuke the parents and grandparents of the Americans who patronize, run and fund Reno-Tahoe International Airport. This obviously includes those who awarded 1st place in the airport’s employee Art contest to the Che Guevara iconography now on prominent display.
An American of Cuban heritage who lives in Nevada has complained about the painting, but as usual, to no avail. “Artistic freedom” trumped him to a pulp, as explained by an airport spokesman. “The painting of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara will remain on display through May 9 with the other nearly 100 items in the employee art exhibit," said airport spokesman Brian Kulpin.
Reno-Tahoe airport passengers will be comforted to know that an airport employee feels the same affection for the hemisphere’s Godfather of airplane hijackings that Leonardo da Vinci felt for Mona Lisa and Andy Warhol for Marilyn Monroe.
And needless to add, if an American of African heritage complained about a picture of, say, former KKK chieftain David Duke (who killed nobody and hijacked no planes) in the same place it would be ceremoniously taken down and perhaps ceremoniously hurled in a dumpster or burned. Artistic freedom be double-damned.
Then whoever put it up would run the gauntlet of media inquisitions, groveling apologies at every stop. And he’d still probably lose his job.
But then African-Americans vote Democratic at roughly the same rate as Cuban-Americans vote Republican. So none of the usual liberal bugaboos and standards of “sensitivity” in speech and writing apply to this latter minority, for they disparage the Democratic Plantation in word and deed and are thus lepers in mainstream media eyes.
Recall the following maniacal facts about Che:
“The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind!” raved the terrorist prominently garnishing the wall in the airport of Reno, Nevada, USA. “Against those hyenas [Americans] there is no option but extermination! We will bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ very home, to his places of work and recreation. The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! We must keep our hatred [against the U.S.] alive and fan it to paroxysm! If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The solutions to the world’s problems lie behind the Iron Curtain. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.”
Che's hate-obsession was actually the U.S. Most of the Cubans he murdered, he murdered because he thought they were affiliated with the U.S. ("U.S.--Backed" Batista, the CIA, etc.) In fact probably 99 1/2 per cent of the men (and boys, and some women) his regime murdered had no affiliation with Batista whatsoever and the vast, vast majority had fought the Batista regime—but alas, as non-communists.
But as usual, most of the people Che Guevara craved to incinerate view this Reno Airport issue -- as they viewed the Mercedes issue and the Ozzie Guillen issue -- as a quaint and silly obsession of hyper-sensitive, loudmouthed and even ungrateful Cuban-Americans.
Maybe former Brazilian President (and friend of Che Guevara) Janio Quadros was on to something when in 1961 he snickered to a confidant that “those Americans are much like women. They have a masochistic streak. The more you slap them around, the more you get out of them.”
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