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Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the Argentinian communist revolutionary, when held accountable to history and empirical evidence, is the darkest of figure. In the higher echelon of fervent supporters of terrorism as a weapon for social domestication, Guevara was limited in his long list of victims only by his inability to succeed in his Marxist subversive adventures after the Cuban power takeover.
El American had the opportunity to discuss with María Werlau, a human rights scholar and activist, her work about Guevara’s criminal activities, both from the seat of power as one of communist Cuba’s first Chief Judges of the Revolutionary Tribunals, as well as Che’s murderous record while leading the guerrilla forces against the authoritarian Fulgencio Batista regime. Drawing from her documented research for her book, Che’s Forgotten Victims, Werlau exquisitely lays out much unknown information about the Argentinian Marxist.
The false mystique built around a photo taken of Che which stains many tee shirts worn by fanatics or the ignorant, was actual a Soviet KGB operation to fabricate a poster boy for the left. Thus, the mass murderer turned mystique, became a Mickey Mouse for the left sort of. Werlau ample analysis and meticulous investigations open many doors of the personality of this infamous individual who remarked before the United Nations assembly in December 1964 representing the Cuban delegation, “Executions? Yes, we have executed, we are executing, and we will continue to execute.”
As director of Cuba Archive, Werlau is a trained researcher who holds the highest standards for investigating systemic and individual atrocities and crimes against humanity. The pristine methodology she uses offers El American’s viewer a rare and valuable opportunity to examine, in this case, the iconic and lamentable persona of Che.
Julio M Shiling, political scientist, writer, director of Patria de Martí and The Cuban American Voice, lecturer and media commentator. A native of Cuba, he currently lives in the United States. Twitter: @JulioMShiling // Julio es politólogo, escritor, director de Patria de Martí y The Cuban American Voice. Conferenciante y comentarista en los medios. Natural de Cuba, vive actualmente en EE UU.