The Irish in Latin America played key roles in the turbulent past of this hemisphere. Many heroic names that indicate Irish ancestry are attached to seminal change in countries throughout the land. But there is one name in particular, that evokes harsh angry opinions of those that value freedom.
Che Guevara Lynch, whose familiar visage is sported on T shirts and posters is considered by many to be an international terrorist and mass murderer. During his vicious campaigns to impose communism on countries throughout Latin America, Guevara trained and motivated the Castro regime's firing squads executing thousands of men, women and children.
Not content to spread revolution, murder and mayhem on the American continent, he traveled to Africa where revolution was brewing in the Congo. The Cubans working as surrogates for the USSR, were used to help impose communism and violence on the people of Africa. Guevara lead a small contingent of Cubans in an effort to topple the government, but was unsuccessful in this endeavor.......but it opened the door for larger incursions later, that lead to the deaths of thousands of innocent people in African conflicts.
Guevara left Africa and returned to Latin America, ending up in Bolivia leading terrorist attacks against that government. But after years of escaping the backlash from the violence he inflicted on others, in Bolivia his luck ran out. He was tracked down and eventually captured by brave dedicated soldiers of the Bolivian army. Unfortunately for Che Guevara, the Bolivian army had read his playbook. They showed him the same respect towards human life that he himself showed to so many in the past; he was summarily executed in the jungles of Bolivia.
But the blood spilled that day has sprouted a new brand of repression and communism in the beautiful country of Bolivia. A new repressive/communist narco state is emerging from the mineral rich and simmering social pot in this part of Latin America.
Bolivia is a mid-size state in the middle of Latin America, a rich natural gas country. It was taken over by President Evo Morales in 2006. A former coca-grower, the ultra leftist president of Bolivia, is pro Iran and after 6 years in power is promoting a socialist agenda like that of his friend and close ally Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, including the expropriation of private businesses.
Evo Morales is part of a large ethnic group call aimara. They now rule the country with a critical agenda against q-aras or blancos (white bolivian-spaniards) and quechuas and guaranies.
During the past 6 years of his iron rein, Morales has been able to intimidate, censor, and prosecute any Bolivians who criticize him or thwart his political agenda. His Congress has passed laws expanding the government's powers to limit free speech and punish its critics, while the Supreme Court, packed with Evo Morales supporters, has explicitly rejected the principle that the judiciary should serve as a check on presidential power.
The Bolivian Evo Morales regime has enacted rules that dramatically reduce the public's right to obtain information held by the government. The communist administration's constant attacks on local rights defenders, whom authorities portray as enemies of the people, has helped make them more vulnerable to acts of intimidation by low-level officials and threats and acts of violence by Evo Morales supporters.
The Bolivian regime, called the "pluri-national state of Bolivia" under marxist conception, has sent a clear message to judges, journalists, broadcasters and rights defenders in particular, that the president Evo Morales and his followers are willing and able to punish people who challenge or obstruct their political aims.
Although many Bolivians and Latin American leaders continue to criticize the government, the fear of reprisal has had a chilling effect on the media and undercut the ability of judges to adjudicate politically sensitive cases.
Bolivia has several cases of arbitrary government abuse related to persecution of local governors. These governors of Bolivian states of Tarija, Pando and Cochabamba, are now living in exile in Paraguay and US.
Almost 50 years ago Che Guevara Lynch was killed in Bolivia. But todays Bolivia is in the process of falling under the same sort of repressive regime that he helped instill in Cuba. His violent works seem to have been forgotten by some and are now replaced by a sort of romanticism and mystique....But not in many areas of the world where Guevaras wounds are still remembered freshly and in countries where the repressive regimes of communism are rearing their ugly heads, like Bolivia.
Perhaps The Real Cuba.Com explained it best when they noted the popularity of the Che T shirts and posters proliferating in certain American circles:
"So why do so many well-heeled American liberals still admire this thug? Are the young simply ignorant of his execrable record and drawn to the image of the dashing young rebel? Do older progressives feel guilt for their free market prosperity, and showing solidarity with Che absolves them? Do hippies-turned-yuppies get nostalgic for their youthful protests and rationalize that the symbolism of Che as a “social reformer” eclipses his actual horrific human rights record? And are some American Guevaraistas truly dangerous leftists who seek to emulate their icon and destroy our free, democratic, capitalist society? Ask that guy wearing the Che t-shirt."
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