Yet, Che was among the Cuban Revolution’s most savage leaders. “Hatred is the central element of our struggle,” he raved in his 1966 message to the Tricontinental Conference in Havana. He continued:
Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him a violent and cold- blooded killing machine…We reject any peaceful approach. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm! Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow.
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!
Rigoberto Hernandez was 17 when Che’s soldiers dragged him from his cell in La Cabana prison, jerked his head back to gag him, and started taking him to the stake. Little “Rigo,” as he was called, professed his innocence to the very bloody end. But his pleas were garbled and difficult to understand. His struggles while being gagged and bound to the stake were also awkward. The boy had been a janitor in a Havana high school and was mentally retarded. His single mother had pleaded his case with hysterical sobs. She had begged, beseeched, and finally proven to his “prosecutors” that his was a case of mistaken identity. Her only son, a boy in such a condition, couldn’t possibly have been “a CIA agent planting bombs,” as he was accused.
A cry rang out, “Fuego!” and the firing squad volley shattered Rigo’s little bent body as he moaned and struggled against his binds, blindfold, and gag. Remember the gallant Che Guevara’s instructions to his revolutionary courts: “judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail. We execute from revolutionary conviction.”
And yet, tomorrow Cuban children will chant, “We will be like Che!”
Is this not sociopathic?
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