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    A close inspection will quickly reveal Che's several  major deficiencies. But he is still a hero to me, precisely because he was willing to put his life on the line to struggle for justice. Calling him a war monger is outrageous. Che understood that we live in a world where the rich wage class war on the poor every day and he came to the conclusion that if the poor were ever to have justice and an opportunity to improve their lives they would have to fight back. His strategy for revolution in Latin America was obviously a bust, but his spirit has already inspired several generations of Latin American revolutionaries, from the Zapatistas to Hugo Chavez, who have pursued his vision of a better society by a wide variety of means.

    Che was a human being. He said and did some foolish things. But he did so in the context of a life dedicated to fighting for justice, and for that he is rightly honored across Latin America and around the world. His speculative comments about firing missiles at the U.S. should be placed in the context of the not at all speculative mass murder the U.S. was then raining down on Southeast Asia.

    Non-violent methods can be powerful in some circumstances, but they aren't always viable and I think that as people living in a country that has grown fat off the oppression and exploitation of much of the rest of the world that we should be very careful about preaching on what methods should be used to remove our boot from their necks, expecially when our military is dropping bombs on civilians in Iraq and fomenting coups against elected leaders like Chavez.

    And I DO celebrate the growing Latin American unity against U.S. imperialism. I don't view such celebration as an alternative to discontent with our failure to effectively check U.S. foreign policy her at home. On the contrary I understand that the unity in Latin America strengthens the hands of progressives and anti-imperialists in teh U.S..

    "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories" -- Amilcar Cabral

    by Christopher Day on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 04:05:22 PM PST

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