A film on Che

João Paulo Monteiro jpmonteiro at SPAMmail.telepac.pt
Sun Nov 14 04:27:25 MST 1999

Julio_Fernandez_Baraibar wrote:

> One of the testionies that Marcelo shows in his film is one of a retired
> colonel of FAR who speak about the political error of the leadership in
> Cuba, in relation with the participation of "el Che" in Congo and in
> Bolivia.
> I think that it is the first time that this discussion sees the public
> light.

This is a very delicate subject. All kinds of malevolent speculations have been raised
about it by bourgeois commentators.

I think these projects were entirely of the responsibility of the "Che" and he just
could not be dissuaded from them. He had
built such an intense relationship with Fidel and the cuban revolution - based on an
ethos of revolutionary daring and
companionship - that it was impossible to say no to him. The cuban republic tried to
assist him with all the means at its
disposal at the time (which were not many), but the projects were just so flawed there
was no way to make them triumph.

The "Che" is revolutionary icon of this century and we all love him. But I also think
he can only serve as a source of
emulation with great caution and reserve. He was right in his struggle against
economicism and for communist intransigence. He
couldn't be forced to eat shit posing as "socialism". But I think he greatly
overestimated the power of the concentrated will
of an individual  in shaping history. To use catholic terminology, he has committed
the sin of unbridled pride.

But then that is perhaps precisely the reason why we love him.

João Paulo Monteiro

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