The Genisis Of The New Revolution; Breathing Life Into The New Revolution

The Genisis Of The New Revolution;
breathing life into the new revolution

In the autumn of 1966, Ernesto Che Guevara went to Bolivia to create and lead a guerrilla group in the region of Santa Cruz. On Oct. 8, 1967, the group was almost annihilated by a special detachment of the Bolivian Army. Guevara was captured after being wounded and was murdered soon afterward.
His execution, in 1967, in Vallegrande at the age of 39 only enhanced Guevara's mythical stature. That Christ-like body, with its ironic and tender smile, proud full of compassion, laid out on a bed of death with his uncanny eyes almost about to open; those fearless last words ("Shoot, coward, you're only killing a man") that somebody reported; the anonymous burial and the hacked-off hands, as if his killers feared him more after he was dead than when he had been alive: Verified thus by the general in the film Viva Zapata who said when looking down at bullet riddled body of the revered Mexican Revolutionary leader, Emiliano Zapata, (Marlon Brando) “Sometimes a dead man can be a terrible enemy.”
The capitalist thought they had seen the last the myth, the martry, Ernesto “Che” Guevara laying dead on a table, murdered by the assasins on order of the Bolivia government, in the remote village Vallegrande in the jungles of Bolivia, where he had come to start a revolution, to pursue the emancipation of the poor of Bolivia.
So they were somewhat perturbed when the pheonix, glimmering with the star dust of his revolution to free the poor, was proudly displayed on a huge banner draped on a eight story building overlooking a stadium, in Caracas Venezuela, where Socialist President Hugo Chavez was giving an anti-Capitalist speech. The people said, "No lo vamos a olvidar!: We won't let him be forgotten."
It was Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who would rise from death and the failed- yet victorious- revolution in Bolivia, to become Latin Americans only myth since Simon Bolivar. In death he became the heart, soul and inspiration of revolutionary moments around the world.
Che: An Anthology, by Eduardo Galeano in the book Magical Times, Magical Myth, reminds us:
“Now I Iook at the service-wire photos one by one. They present the body from all angles. the holes where the bullets penetrated the flesh, the ironic and tender smile, proud full of compassion, which more than one fool confused with a rictus of cruelty. I can’t help but stare at that wonderful face of a Jesus from the River Plate. And I want to
congratulate him.”
Then again Galeano says, “I think of the words by Paul Niza: There is no great work which is not the accusation of the world. The life of Che Guevara, so perfectly affirmed by his death, is like every great work, an accusation of our world.
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Jul 29, 2010