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“Don’t Shoot!—I’m Che!” (A Glorious Anniversary)

USGrant1863 Wrote: Oct 06, 2012 11:29 AM
Motorcycle Diaries offers more insight as a lens into the mindset of the Pan-American political left than it does into the formative years of a violent Marxist revolutionary. The film has a high level of production quality. Good, sympathetic acting is shown against a compelling cinemascape of a vast, untamed land. Che Guevara is shown as well motivated and inspired by his love for the people of the land and hatred of injustice. Good intentions apparently explain and excuse all, else how can you explain the deification of a violent executioner? The film excuses and does not explain Che. There is a certain arrogance in the willingness to impose one's own political views by deadly force that is never revealed or addressed.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Oct 06, 2012 2:43 PM
Che was just plain mean and likely so by nature not nurture. The kind of kid who pours gas on dogs and sets them on fire.
USGrant1863 Wrote: Oct 06, 2012 11:30 AM
I could never reconcile the movie I saw with the history I knew. Motorcycle Diaries fails in its ambition to explain (justify?) Che Guevara. But it succeeds in extending the pro-revolutionary brand represented by the ubiquitous Che t-shirts. Is this just celebrating rejection of the status quo? Is any change better than the current inequities? This fiction ultimately left me unsatisfied and discouraged that evil is so easily glorified.

Forty five years ago this week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying "What goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here.

"When you saw the beaming look on Che's face as his victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad," said a former Cuban political prisoner to this writer, "you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara."

As commander of the La Cabana execution yard, Che often shattered the skull...