A more recent rocker-victim of Castroite repression told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that, “in Cuba freedom is nonexistent. The regime demands submission. It persecutes all hippies, homosexuals, poets and free thinkers. It employs total repression against them.”
This “roquero” divulged the truth only because he’d managed to escape the nation-prison whose co-founder and emblem Carlos Santana venerates. That escapees name is Canek Sanchez Guevara– Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s very grandson. The regime co-founded by his grandfather jailed and tortured Canek for the crime of trying to play some rock music unsanctioned by the Stalinist authorities. Carlos Santana might profit from a “jam session” with fellow guitarist Canek Guevara.
Last year during a benefit concert for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which provides support for undocumented farm workers, Santana elaborated on his brainy worldview: “There could be peace in this world during our lifetime, you only need to change how you think. God created a world of love so we could all have a place.”
Yet his T-shirt icon helped bring the world closer to nuclear Armageddon than anyone in history, horrifying even his Soviet patrons. For instance, Santana’s idol once declared: “We reject any peaceful approach” and “Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.”
And regarding Santana’s “world of love” we again find discrepancies with his T-shirt icon:
“Hatred is the central element of our struggle,” raved this icon of flower-children. “Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold- blooded killing machine…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.”
This last portion of Che Guevara’s reverie to peace and love comes—not from plagiarizing the Beatles or the Youngbloods—but straight from his very Motorcycle Diaries. This passage somehow went unmentioned during both the movie and the Oscar ceremony hailing these diaries.
If Laura Ingraham’s admonition to “Shut up and sing” needs a poster-boy this month, multi-Grammy winner Carlos Santana tossed in the biggest hat.
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