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Che Guevara

Was Che Guevara evil?

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May 22, 2010 3:34AM

This is a really controversial topic that has no true answer to. Evil is based on whether or not the person nows truly that there actions harm others. Che fought for the poor and in his mind any actions taken to bring about socialism was justifiable. But he admitted, in his diary, to committing murder, land seizure, and executions.

Here are some quotes from his diary.

  • "Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!"
  • "We don't need proof to execute a man. We only need proof that it's necessary to execute him. A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate."
  • "He went into convulsions for a while and was finally still. Now his belongings were mine." This is his written account of his victim's, a Castro rebel, actions after Che shot him.
  • "I'd like to confess, papa', at that moment I discovered that I really like killing."

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By every account, even the accounts of his supporters, Che was a killer. He murdered one on one and ordered the wholesale killings of dozens of people. By most measures, he would likely qualify as an "evil person."