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UNESCO’s Grotesque Embrace of Che Guevara

July 19th, 2013 - 9:02 pm

With an impeccable instinct for venerating murderous thugs, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has now added to its Memory of the World Register the writings of Cuba’s Ernesto “Che” Guevara. That means that the documents generated by Che during his bloody career will now be treated as historical treasures, protected and cared for with the help of UNESCO. What’s next? The teachings of Stalin and Pol Pot?

For those who know nothing about Che except that he wore a beret, smoked cigars and continues to turn up as a splash of radical chic on t-shirts and adolescent wall posters, UNESCO’s move might sound reasonable. But if you bother to learn anything about who Che really was, or what he did, that impression curdles fast. Writing on Slate in 2004, author Paul Berman gave an excellent summary of Che’s character and career:

Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a 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.

Berman went on to say, “The modern-day cult of Che blinds us not just to the past but also to the present … I wonder if people who stand up to cheer a hagiography of Che Guevara … will ever give a damn about the oppressed people of Cuba — will ever lift a finger on behalf of the Cuban liberals and dissidents.”

Well, not at UNESCO they won’t.  Che’s works were nominated for UNESCO’s special attentions by Cuba and Bolivia, and to be added to the UNESCO Register the nomination had to be endorsed by UNESCO’s director-general, Irina Bokova. You might suppose that as a former Bulgarian government functionary, from the days when Bulgaria orbited the Soviet Union, Bokova would be aware of the horrors behind Che’s radical “cool.” But Bokova appears to suffer from a longstanding infatuation with Cuba’s repressive regime. Just last November she dropped by Havana to sing the praises of Cuba’s educational system — either oblivious or indifferent to the censorship and dreary ideological  indoctrination that are the hallmarks of Cuban schooling.

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You do realize that the French Revolution created a Democracy, and it was for that reason why I think Benjamin Franklin stated that Democracy was comparable to two wolves and a lamb debating what to have for dinner.
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I can't speak for Israel, as I'm not one, but I can assure you that we Americans were not a "Western Democracy." We were a Constitutional Republic. Unfortunately, people such as Woodrow Wilson basically dragged us into becoming one. Western Democracy is what France became after the French Revolution, during the Reign of Terror. Democracies tried to exterminate various peoples via mob rule, exterminate religion, all because Rousseau wanted a direct democracy, many of these were based on Rousseau's teachings. That as well as Sade's teachings and Voltaire's teachings.
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Murderous thugs permeate the UN's halls of disrepute, and their appendages too. To expect them to behave any differently is to believe that pigs can fly. This is the same crew which bestows honors on Iran's genocidal regime, allowed the godfather of suicide terror, 'Chairman Arafat', to rail at its podium, and never mind all the rest who sully the 'world body'.

The question isn't one of shock, but one which begs to be asked: why are western democracies still trolling its halls, including the U.S. and Israel?

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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38 weeks ago
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Just like the Rolling Stone promoting Tsarnaev as a role model to American youth. Rolling Stone wants to promote terror as a romantic mode of expression
38 weeks ago
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Unless there arrives upon the scene of democracy's crucifixion an honorable and courageous leader to organize and unite those opposed to tyranny and despotism, then yes, the teachings of Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Obama, Arafat, et al will most certainly be taught in the future as right and venerable. The western media is in collusion with the oppressors and it is up to us....the silent majority to stand together; WE are what they fear most, because WE cannot be conquered when we unite together. Who will it be? Who is the next Reagan, or Churchill, or Thatcher....who will rise to prominence by opposing outright the lies and conspiracy of the marxist-revolutionary left? I believe in Jeff Sessions from Alabama...but, is he willing to enter the fight to save humanity from the evil that oozes from our very own White House? Are WE willing to stand as one to support WHOMEVER chooses to stand and fight? I am...

Remember BENGHAZI!
38 weeks ago
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I also stand unashamedly with Bibi Netanyahu....a man of courage, honor, and respect.
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For those that are so blind that they will not see, and so deaf that they will not hear the United Nations is their haven. The UN is an incompetent organization run by self serving bureaucrats, and it's only goal is world wide socialism.
38 weeks ago
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It's not "incompetent," it's evil. If it were incompetent, there wouldn't be socialism, period. Even the fall of the USSR failed to take the socialists/communists out.
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"For those who know nothing about Che except that he wore a beret, smoked cigars and continues to turn up as a splash of radical chic on t-shirts and adolescent wall posters"

As a wristwatch collector, I know the famous anti-capitalist was also regularly wearing a Rolex Explorer.

As for UNESCO, their educational programs do wonders for the Gaza children: in their views we're still "pigs and apes" but hey, look at the peace process and... squirrel!
38 weeks ago
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Trust me, this is not the first time the UN supported such a monster like Che Guevara: Back in 1964, he gave a speech in front of the UN General Assembly, and mentioned that "Yes, we execute, and we will continue to execute people for as long as the Revolution allows." The audience (General Assembly) cheered their hearts out. There are even videos of his speech on Youtube.
38 weeks ago
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Nothing the UN does surprises me; a stew created with filet mignon, donkey droppings, camel turds, and cattle dung inevitably will taste like crap; ergo the modern United Nations. What surprises me is our continued bankrolling of this criminal organization. Considering the mindset of the American Left, I shouldn't be.
38 weeks ago
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Forget the modern UN. The UN itself was like that since inception. Heck, the reason the UN was formed was so the USSR would have a platform to spread world socialism/Communism. Heck, the UN's charter is a direct copy of the USSR's constitution (BTW, if there was any doubt the USSR still exists, look no further than to the UN's constitution to see that it does indeed exist).
38 weeks ago
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Murderous thugs permeate the UN's halls of disrepute, and their appendages too. To expect them to behave any differently is to believe that pigs can fly. This is the same crew which bestows honors on Iran's genocidal regime, allowed the godfather of suicide terror, 'Chairman Arafat', to rail at its podium, and never mind all the rest who sully the 'world body'.

The question isn't one of shock, but one which begs to be asked: why are western democracies still trolling its halls, including the U.S. and Israel?

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I can't speak for Israel, as I'm not one, but I can assure you that we Americans were not a "Western Democracy." We were a Constitutional Republic. Unfortunately, people such as Woodrow Wilson basically dragged us into becoming one. Western Democracy is what France became after the French Revolution, during the Reign of Terror. Democracies tried to exterminate various peoples via mob rule, exterminate religion, all because Rousseau wanted a direct democracy, many of these were based on Rousseau's teachings. That as well as Sade's teachings and Voltaire's teachings.
38 weeks ago
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Few words have been so mis-applied and mis-appropriated as has "Democracy".

.......cf: "Peoples' Democratic Republic.....", et al.
38 weeks ago
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You do realize that the French Revolution created a Democracy, and it was for that reason why I think Benjamin Franklin stated that Democracy was comparable to two wolves and a lamb debating what to have for dinner.
38 weeks ago
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