Monday, September 14, 2020
Lies, damned lies and propaganda
I've noticed that, in some of the photographs of rioters and activists demonstrating in our streets, they're shown wearing T-shirts with stylized likenesses of Che Guevara. I don't think they have any idea what a psycopathic, merciless, murdering SOB he was.
The problem is, those of us who saw Che Guevara for what he was aren't helped when false "facts" are used to vilify him. For example, I've found this image circulating on the Internet recently, and being used explicitly to condemn those rioters wearing his image on their T-shirts.
I confirmed that this image was, indeed, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1960. However, the details provided above are not correct. The condemned man was not a farmer, but accused of war crimes (their nature was not specified) as a member of the Cuban armed forces; his trial lasted two hours, not four minutes; and he was convicted by a tribunal, not by Guevara personally. The photographer commented on the image in an interview published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 3, 1960, shown below.
We do ourselves no favors by spreading lies as counter-propaganda. When they can so easily be disproved, we discredit ourselves.
Propaganda aside, history confirms that Guevara was indeed a vicious, remorseless killer. I won't pray for any man to burn in hell. I'm going to need far too much of God's mercy to cover my own sins to try to deny it to anyone else. Nevertheless, there's so much innocent blood on Guevara's hands that it's very hard to imagine him anywhere else in eternity . . .