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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
che guevara and his murderous ideas continue to live though his daughter. The Age reports glowingly on Aleida Guevara.
Aleida Guevara's daughters love to party. Like teenagers anywhere, they spend a lot of time with friends. They listen to music - reggae, rock and, especially, salsa - and they dance. When Guevara talks about her children, her "precious, beautiful" daughters Estefania and Celia, her face glows with parental pride.
But her very next comment makes it clear that she's as much political activist as proud mother. In rapid Spanish, Guevara says: "We (Cubans) have fought very strongly against drugs and violence. My daughters can go out to parties until late at night and I'm not worried about them."
Such is the state of drugs in a totalitarian state. fidel keeps them, along with vegetables other than cabbage and toilet seats off the streets, while being sure they are on the streets in the countries of his enemies. The report continues, sounding like a release from fidel's propaganda machine:
Guevara is an emissary of the Cuban Government, the daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara, perhaps the best-known revolutionary of modern times, and she calls Fidel Castro "uncle". She may well be Cuba's best weapon in the public relations war against the United States, whose economic blockade imposed after the overthrow of the dictatorial Batista regime in the 1959 revolution has made life a constant struggle for ordinary Cubans.
She's in Australia to promote her new book, and the title is ominous - Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America.
Guevara was six when her father was killed in 1967, shot by counter-insurgency troops in Bolivia, where he was leading a guerilla war. It was a death that catapulted Che to international celebrity. It also left Castro's confidant frozen in time, forever the young man whose revolutionary zeal took him away from home for much of young Aleida's life.
The adult Aleida has written: "What I remember most is my father's great capacity for love."
Did he display that great capacity for love when he lined men up against the wall and killed them?
Update - Tim Blair has more. And so does Strange Women Lying In Ponds.