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14:14 - WHY DO YOU HAVE A MURDERER ON YOUR T-SHIRT?: The Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara is still considered cool on t-shirts, and in the new film The Motorcycle Diarries, he is portrayed as a fighter for freedom. But Paul Berman (author of the important book Terror and Liberalism) reminds us that Che was a murderer and a totalitarian. It should be as unthinkable to wear a Che t-shirt as it is to wear a Goebbels t-shirt:





"Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution´s first firing squads. He founded Cuba´s ´labor camp´ system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims. To get himself killed, and to get a lot of other people killed, was central to Che´s imagination. In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for ´two, three, many Vietnams,´ he also spoke about martyrdom and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: ´Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending 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. This is what our soldiers must become …´— and so on. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale."