"Che "Guevara statue in Galway

News that the Argentinian born cohort of "El Lider Maximo"( Fidel Castro in other words) Ernesto "Che" Guevara is to have a statue of himself erected in his ancestral homeland of County Galway(the Republic of Ireland BTW) makes me acutely uncomfortable for one, recalling as i do his role in the mass executions( "la paredon") of "bourgeious vermin"( ie middle class Cubans unlikely to view the inception of Marxist rule in their country) that followed Fidel and Raul's rise to power to Cuba in January 1959. his reported incitement of confrontation with the "Coloso de la norte"( "Colossus of the North"- a pejorative reference to the United States often used by nationalists South of the border) during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962( ironically enough the very year I was born)-thankfully both the Castros and ultimately Khrushchev ignored such proposals. It is of course true of all counties in Ireland, (North or South of the Border), Galway has always had a special soft sport for rebels, radicals and non-conformists and if it wants to erect to a statue to "Che " Guevara or otherwise pay homage to him in a way that it does for all other sons(and daughters) of Erin as different as John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, then that is of course their prerogative, but I urge them to think long and hard before giving this proto-Stalinist butcher the honour of a statue erected in his honour, his sins and flaws (not to mention his victims!) charitably airbrushed out of history as effectively as "The Great Coryphaeus" not only had his purge victims not just shot , tortured en masse or deported to Siberia but even removed from official Soviet photographs and paintings!

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Posted by blackadamFTW

What is this?????

Anyways, Che Guevara was a douche.

I don't care what anybody says. He doesn't deserve a statue.

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Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy

Che Guevara is only liked by people who are angry at the government but don't know what they are talking about. Like those Occupy Wallstreet people.

Posted by Billy Batson


Posted by Paracelsus

Again the final decision is to left to the authorities in County Galway(which is far removed from Argentina or Cuba-) I have merely asked them to think long and hard before erecting a statue of "Che" for the reasons I outlined in my OP. It is sometimes argued that simply erecting a statue to a famous person is NOT meant to endorse or approve everything he or she did in his or her lifetime( ie nobody in their proper senses would claim that erections of statues of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in the US glamorized or morally approved of the fact that they owned slaves), but if you don't agree with what "Che" stood for then why go to the time or trouble of putting up a statue -in a place that he never visited or had any connection to save purely ancestral?


Posted by nickthedevil

@blackadamFTW said:

Anyways, Che Guevara was a douche.

I don't care what anybody says. He doesn't deserve a statue.