Opinion

Che Guevara: An emblem of freedom?

Let’s excuse our intrepid “watchdog” MSM. They’re too busy rummaging through Sarah Palin’s garbage to report on the actual sayings and doings by our actual government officials. So here’s a report from Britain’s Guardian on a speech by Alec Ross, the U.S. State Department’s senior advisor on innovation: “Dictatorships are now more vulnerable than they have ever been before,” he proclaimed at the Innovate Conference in London this week. “One thesis statement I want to emphasize is how networks [the Internet] disrupt the exercise of power … because of the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual…the Internet has become the Che Guevara of 21st century.”

Imagine the MSM snarkiness and uproar if somewhere in Sarah Palin’s e-mail garbage bins they scrounged up an item where she equates Internet freedom with the co-founder of the regime that Freedom House rates as among the three most repressive on Earth against the Internet, where bloggers were being jailed and tortured for the crime of blogging while she wrote the message. Because, in fact, Cubans were being jailed and tortured for blogging while the U.S. State Department’s senior advisor on “Internet freedom” hailed the Cuban regime’s co-founder as the emblem of Internet freedom.

Imagine the media snarkiness and uproar if Sarah Palin claimed that “dictatorships are now more vulnerable” then equated the co-founder of the most enduring Stalinist dictatorship in modern history with the enemy of dictatorships.

Imagine the MSM uproar and snarkiness if Sarah Palin linked “the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual” with a man who worshipped Joseph Stalin, who signed his correspondence “Stalin II,” who as chief KGB liaison for a Stalinist regime proclaimed that “Individualism must disappear! It is criminal to think in terms of individuals! Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates! Youth should learn to think and act as a mass.” In a famous speech, Che Guevara even vowed “to make individualism disappear from Cuba! It is criminal to think of individuals!”

I provide the following as a public service for any U.S. State Department officials reading The Daily Caller: Ernesto “Che” Guevara (the gentleman a senior U.S. State Department official hails as an emblem of freedom) was second in command, chief executioner, and chief KGB liaison for a regime that outlawed elections and private property. This regime’s KGB-supervised police — employing the midnight knock and the dawn raid among other devices — rounded up and jailed more political prisoners per capita than Stalin’s and executed more people (out of a population of 6.4 million) in its first three years in power than Hitler’s executed (out of a population of 70 million) in its first six.

The regime Che Guevara co-founded stole the savings and property of 6.4 million citizens, made refugees of 20 percent of the population from a nation formerly deluged with immigrants and whose citizens had achieved a higher standard of living than those residing in half of Europe. Che Guevara’s regime also shattered — through executions, incarceration, mass larceny and exile — virtually every family on the island of Cuba. Many opponents of the Cuban regime qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period THREE TIMES as long in Che Guevara’s Gulag as Alexander Solzhenitsyn suffered in Stalin’s Gulag.