Che Guevara – Man or Monster?
Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna was born on June 14, 1928 in Argentina. He was brought up in a family whose political views veered left and was exposed to various political perspectives as a boy. In 1951 when he was in medical school, Guevara took a year off to tour South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granada. The goal was to spend the last few weeks of their tour in Peru volunteering at a leper colony.
In 1953, while Guevara was in Guatemala, he acquired his now famous nickname, Che. Because of his frequent use of the Argentine interjection of the word “che.” Che, is a slang casual speech filler used much like “eh” or “pal.”
During the Cuban Revolution, 1956-1959, and subsequent years, Che was feared for his ruthlessness and brutality. His discipline was beyond harsh. Executions were not unheard of. Many say that the brutality delivered by the hand of Che, in these war years, was a monstrosity. And that those actions are what define the man.
I can’t say that I approve of the “monstrous” side of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I can however, appreciate through understanding, the psychology of what drives a person to do what they do. Of course there is a certain psychology behind the actions of serial killers, pedophiles, sexual predators, or anyone acting cruelly out of pure hate and disregard.
It’s my opinion that Che Guevara does not fall into those categories. And don’t get me wrong, I admire the views of the man and what he had hoped for and planned to accomplish for the people and not necessarily his execution of that plan.