At last count, 32-year-old Anders Breivik is accused of 76 murders—to which he both confesses and boasts.
According to the Black Book of Communism, the Castroite firing squads founded and lovingly mentored by Che Guevara murdered from 12-14 thousand Cubans. During the early months of the bloodbath, the 32-year-old Che Guevara was either delivering the _coup de gr_âce to the victims’ skulls (including boys as young as 17) or was at his office window at Havana’s La Cabana prison watching his darling firing squads at work.
And Che Guevara was no less boastful than Breivik. “Yes–certainly we execute,” Che Guevara boasted while addressing the hallowed halls of the U.N. General Assembly on December 9, 1964. “And we’ll continue executing as long as it is necessary. This is a war to the death against the revolution’s enemies!” Che Guevara’s image is considered the most reproduced image of the century, gracing everything from T-shirts to posters, from thong undies to skateboards, from cellphones to infant “onesies.“ Che Guevara also serves as poster idol for many fervent activists against the death penalty.
But there are many other uncanny similarities between the two self-designated “revolutionaries” of Havana and Oslo. Consider the following quotes.
“I have undergone numerous hours of training and simulations. The combination of these factors turns you into an extremely focused and deadly force, a one-man-army. There are situations in which cruelty is necessary, and refusing to apply necessary cruelty is a betrayal of the people whom you wish to protect.” (Anders Breivik’s manifesto)
“A hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine–that is what our soldiers must become.” (Che Guevara, Message to the Tricontinental)
This ideal, Che Guevara himself never fulfilled. He was anything but cold-blooded. Guevara relished his kills as both participant and mentor. Their anticipation was no less sweet to this icon of flower children. “I’m here in Cuba’s hills, alive and thirsting for blood,” he wrote to his wife shortly after landing in Cuba.
“When you saw the beaming look on Che’s face as the victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad,” said a former Cuban political prisoner to this writer, “you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara.”
Also, from Che Guevara’s “Motorcycle Diaries”: “My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!”
From everything written about (and by) him thus far, Breivik appears to have achieved Che Guevara’s ideal of a perfect cold_-_blooded killing machine. Other curiosities:
“He predicted a conflagration that would kill or injure more than 1 million people,” writes The New York Times about Breivik’s manifesto. “The time for dialogue is over. We gave peace a chance. The time for armed resistance has come,” wrote Anders Breivik in his manifesto.
“We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims,” Che Guevara once penned.
“I’m trying to avoid relationships as it would only complicate my plans any more into one night stands. I am not that person anymore,” Anders Breivik wrote.
“I have no home, no woman, no parents, no brothers and no friends. My friends are friends only so long as they think as I do politically,” Che Guevara once described himself.
The following quotes are also striking:
“As a Knight you are operating as a jury, judge and executioner on behalf of all free Europeans.” (Anders Breivik)
“Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail. I don’t need proof to execute a man. I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him. We execute from revolutionary conviction.“ (Che Guevara)
“I admit that I am sick of the current development, I would say I’m driven by my love for Europe, European culture and Europeans.” (Anders Breivik)
“Let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.” (Che Guevara)
“He clearly had no intention of becoming a martyr,” writes Time magazine about Breivik. “Instead of fighting to the death with police, he surrendered immediately.”
Guevara’s campaign also ended rather pusillanimously: “Don’t shoot! I’m Che. I’m worth more to you alive than dead!” he said to Bolivian soldiers after his capture on Oct. 8, 1967.
On women, Breivik wrote, “You will face women in battle and they will not hesitate to kill you. To them, you are just another armed criminal nut. You must therefore embrace and familiarize yourself with the concept of killing women, even very attractive women.”
On Christmas Eve in 1961, a young Cuban woman named Juana Figueroda Diaz spat in the face of the Castroite executioners who were binding and gagging her. They found her guilty of feeding and hiding “bandits” (Che’s term for Cuban rednecks who took up arms to fight his theft of their land to create Stalinist kolkhozes). When the blast from that firing squad demolished her face and torso, Juana was six months pregnant.
Time magazine’s recent piece on Anders Breivik includes the terms “murderous,” “deranged,” “terrorist” and “psychopath.” Yet strangely, in 1999 Time hailed Ernesto “Che” Guevara among the “heroes and icons of the century,” alongside Mother Theresa.