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Was Che Guevara good or bad?

Some view Che Guevara as a hero.

For example, Nelson Mandela referred to him as “an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom” while Jean-Paul Sartre described him as “not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age.”

Guevara remains a beloved national hero to many in his adopted Cuba, where his image adorns the $3 Cuban Peso and school children begin each morning by pledging “We will be like Che.”

In his native homeland of Argentina, where high schools bear his name, numerous Che museums dot the country, which in 2008 unveiled a 12 foot bronze statue of him in his birth city of Rosario. Additionally, Guevara has been sanctified by some Bolivian campesinos as “Saint Ernesto”, to whom they pray for assistance.

Conversely, others view him as a spokesman for a failed ideology and as a ruthless executioner. Detractors have theorized that in much of Latin America, Che-inspired revolutions had the practical result of reinforcing brutal militarism and internecine conflict for many years. Guevara remains a hated figure amongst many in the Cuban exile community, who view him with animosity as “the butcher of La Cabaña.”

A high-contrast monochrome graphic of his face has become one of the world’s most universally merchandized and objectified images, found on an endless array of items, including t-shirts, hats, posters, tattoos, and bikinis, ironically contributing to the consumer culture he despised. Yet, Guevara still remains a transcendent figure both in specifically political contexts and as a wide-ranging popular icon of youthful rebellion.

What do you think, we want to know ?

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Steven
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I think in general Che was a good guy, had good intentions but it may have not turned out as smooth as it should have gone.

Fulgencio Batista was pretty bad at the time and change was needed and Che and Fidel the rest removed him from power. There were many situations during that time frame and some results were not good. But I do believe Che had good intentions overall and did want to help the Cubans be independent.

So my vote is good !!

abdur rahman
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well i will say he was great person with full of integrity & sincerity as for as i know,there are no words that can praise che…….one of my favourite person.

Txakal
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Marvin g, on ne fait pas une révolution telle que la cubaine avec des oeillets au bout des fusils. Mais de là à dire que le Che a tiré des balles dans la nuque des enfants… Vous êtes, au mieux, un malade, ou, au pire, un fieffé menteur. Vous n’avez pas plus gros à balancer?
Hasta siempre, Che! Viva la Revolucion cubana!

Felix
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Only someone who knows nothing about Ernesto “Che” would say he was good or wear his likeness. He was a mass murderer, rapist, child killer, psycho.

Ronald
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It’s all too easy to judge Che solely on the “crimes” he committed during and in the aftermath of the ’59-revolution. He was well educated and had seen the suffering of the Latin American people, mainly due to the oppression of major USA lead companies. On Cuba he saw the suffering of the Cuban people, due to the USA supported Batiste regime. Every war has its cruelties and the people that commits them. I certainly would not plee for ‘not guilty’ regarding Che. It may have been a small price in the eyes of millions of liberated Cubans. Having said that, I do think Che wasn’t really realistic about the possibility of changing the world to a better place; the universal man will never exist. So, about the question: I feel Ernesto was actually a good guy.

anon
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many people have different opinions on this guy but generally he was a freedom revolutionist with good intentions…maybe some just saw that he was a killer. i understand why they called him a butcher;he was responsible for many lives but then again this was a kind of an awaking to the world of Marxist revolutions.

anon
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Apparently no one knows the extent of what Castro and Guevara did. They may have started their regime by ridding Cuba of something bad(Batista and corrupt associates) but that doesn’t make them good people. None of the few good things they did change the fact that Che was a butcher, and they both were a cause for so much unnecessary pain. And freeing Cuba? Are you kidding me? Sure, they freed Cuba from Batista, but do some research. Cuba’s not all happiness and paradise these days. I still have family in Cuba that can’t get out and only survive off of the $100 my uncle sends each week. Saying “Che was a good guy, had good intentions but it may have not turned out as smooth as it should have gone” is like saying the same for Hitler on a smaller scale. This article makes me sick.

Charles Kaltwasser
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was Che “good” or “bad”? You had two huge mutli media presentations previously to his fame, i.e. the Hitler Art and the Einstein Art. The Atom Bomb was artwork and so was Nuremburg Rallies. Che was simply an artist as well, picking up the crumbs left by Hitler and Einstein and he did what he could with those crumbs. I first heard of him in July 1968 so my comment is based on many hours contemplating his worth and lack there of. If there are people 1,000 years hence and I have my doubts – he will be remembered but so will Sigmund Freud, Carl Marx and Carl Jung etc…

khatira
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I think Che was and is a real hero and a light in the of tunnel for everyone who are struggling to be free. in the midst of disappointment and sorrow, Che becomes a guiding star and ray of hope towards success. He was the only person who truly cared for people. He was a honest man with strong discipline who never sold out and he never got corrupted with money.

Patricio
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Apparently one has to consider many things in “judging” someone. The US killed tens of thousands with 2 A-bombs. The US ravaged Iraq to destroy non-existent WDMs. The US interned Japanese-Americans. The US was responsible for killing thousands in Central American during the Iran-Contra fiasco. Viet Nam a good action? Even the so-called untouchables are rotten to the core.

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