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Poster Boy For Fools And Useful Idiots

29 July 2010 @ 11:23

In addition to the treason, moral or actual [often both], they commit in every country in which they reside, the Left has the pernicious habit of lionizing psychopaths.

The list is endless of those blood-soaked sociopaths the Progressives have promoted as heroes: Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Chavez, Castro, Papa Doc, Trotsky, Sadat, and on and on and on and on.

But there is one above all others that has been fellated with words and deeds the most often over the past forty years: Che Guevara.

This serial murderer has been praised in book after book, essay after essay, film after film, lecture after university lecture, and, most obnoxiously, on tee shirts and posters.

In his latest installment of the wonderful series From The Shelves Of The Paco Library, Paco reviews Humberto Fontova’s book, Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him.  The sign of a well-done book review is when you come away resolved to either buy it right away or discard the consideration of ever reading it.  My friend Paco is a master of this and he does an especially fine job here: this is a must read.

A highlight:

This is an angry book, but righteously so. Fontova’s cousin was beaten and murdered by the secret police, and his own father was arrested just as the family was about to board a plane to Miami (that particular story had a happy ending). Yet the personal animosity is always under control, and typically finds expression in the sardonic recounting of the absurd ironies of Che’s life.

Of which there were many. Born in Argentina to a family of the decayed aristocracy, Guevara originally left the country with the aim of making his way to the United States because he was interested in the money-making opportunities that abounded here. Although he studied medicine, there is no evidence that he ever actually acquired a medical degree. A certified hero of the Cuban revolution, he despised Cubans (and was despised by them). Author of a celebrated treatise on guerilla warfare, his ineptitude at managing guerilla operations in the Congo and Bolivia (and even in Cuba) was so vast that it is difficult to parody (although faithful readers of this blog know that I have tried!)

Please do make the time and read the whole review.

You can read all of Paco’s past reviews by clicking here.

2 Comments
  1. 29 July 2010 @ 23:27 23:27

    Thanks for the link, Bob! This is one folks really ought to read.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      29 July 2010 @ 23:40 23:40

      I agree completely, Paco.

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