"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!" (Che Guevara in his famous “Motorcycle Diaries.”)
From everything written about (and by) him thus far, Breivik appears to have achieved Che Guevara’s ideal of a perfectly cold-blooded killing machine. Other curiosities:
“He predicted a conflagration that would kill or injure more than 1 million people,” writes the NY 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)
“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)
"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)
“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.
“Don’t shoot! I’m Che. I’m worth more to you alive than dead!” (Che Guevara to Bolivian soldiers Oct. 8 1967)
“You will face women in battle 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.” (Anders Breivik)
On Christmas Eve 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.” But in 1999 Time Magazine hailed Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara among the "heroes and icons" of the century, alongside Mother Theresa.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.