[Marxism] Guevera kids in Tehran: 'Che would have supported Iran'

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 3 22:46:21 MDT 2007

(This report come from DPA, the German Press Agency, and was
posted to CubaNews by Yoshie Furuhashi. It provide what seems
to me a substantially more balanced report on the recent event
in Teheran than the one posted previously by the IPS agency.)
Middle East Features
Guevera kids in Tehran: 'Che would have supported Iran'

By Farshid Motahari Sep 23, 2007, 2:49 GMT

Tehran - Nobody will ever know whether Marxist revolutionary Che
Guevera, who was killed in 1967, would have viewed Iran and its clergy
system as a close ally against the United States.

Two of his children, however, firmly believe that their legendary
father would have been strongly supportive of the Islamic republic and
its current standoff with the United States over Tehran's adamant
continuation of its disputed nuclear programmes.

'Che would not only have approved our trip to Iran but also (would
have) supported the country in its current struggle against the US,'
Camilo Guevara said through an interpreter in a meeting with students
at Amir Kabir University in Tehran.

Camilo, 45, and his sister, Aleida, 46, were invited to Tehran by the
non-governmental Cultural Alliance Centre and the Islamic Students'
Association of Tehran's Amir Kabir University, with the aim of
building a bridge between the two rather contradictory systems of Iran
and Latin America in general and Cuba in particular.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office as Iranian president, Iran has formed
close relations with several Latin American states, including Bolivia,
Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, despite grave ideological differences
between Islamic Iran and the secular, socialist governments.

'We are witnessing a global political awakening with Iran and Latin
America emerging as the front-runners of this new movement,' said
Morteza Firouzabadi, secretary of the students' association, said in
the Tehran meeting.

Although all the Iranian students at the meeting were from Islamic
associations, they praised Che Guevera as if they were followers of
socialist ideology.

Maysam Ghaffouri, head of the Cultural Union, said that like Islam,
Guevera's ideology knew no boundaries, and his struggle transcended
geographical boundaries.

'There might be different cultures and different standpoints, but at
the same time there are also common aspects which should be
strengthened,' said Aleida Guevera, who just like Iranian women wore a
long coat and scarf to hide her hair and body contour to conform to
Islamic dress codes.

She gave as an example the sanctions imposed by the United States on
Cuba for the last 45 years, and recent threats by Washington to expand
sanctions against Iran through the United Nations Security Council
over Tehran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

'Although we (Cubans) are not as rich as Iran and have no oil, we
nevertheless resisted for over four decades. I have learned that the
Iranian nation is resistant, too, and that is a very important common
point between our two nations,' she said.

The Gueveras came to Tehran during the fasting month of Ramadan, when
eating and drinking is forbidden in public during daytime. According
to one of the students, they wanted to at least try fasting, too.

Camilo and Aleida, two of Che's five children from his second wife,
Aleida March, whom he married in 1959, also visited the shrine of the
late leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini, in southern Tehran.

Camilo called it a 'global necessity' to form an anti-US front -
without regard to nationality, religion or race - a mission that is in
line with his famous father's ideology and enthusiasm for exploring
different countries and peoples.

'Since the revolution and the imposed sanctions, Cuba learned who the
real enemies and the real friends are,' Aleida said. 'Iran is
definitely one of Cuba's new friends.'

(c) 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur


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