Betsy Newmark reminds readers of the other side of Che Guevara:
Like the useful idiots who used to proudly wear their Mao jackets, now we have uncounted millions buying the Che T Shirts, putting up the poster, getting a Che tattoo, and buying tickets to see movies that portray Guevara as simply an idealistic revolutionary out to help the underclass. Actor Benicio del Toro who portrays him in the current film compares Che to Jesus except without that whole turn-the-other-cheek nonsense. It’s a depressing commentary on the delusions of idealism that have led so many to idolize this guy and turn their own cheek to the reality of history.
Of course, as Mark Gladdblatt reminds us with a round-up of some of Che’s more infamous quotes, the real Che was just a tad less sentimental than his modern disciples:
“In fact, if Christ himself stood in my way, I, like Nietzsche, would not hesitate to squish him like a worm.”
Which of course sounds like something your average university Decon 101 professor would say to his freshman class. No wonder radical college professors like Bill Ayers (who emulated Che’s actions) and Ward Churchill (who nostalgically emulates Che’s poses) think he’s Che chic.