January 26, 2009

JUST ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT'S INDEFENSIBLE:

Del Toro walks out of 'Che' interview (Sonny Bunch, January 27, 2009, Washington Times)

"I'm getting uncomfortable," Benicio del Toro says after fielding a question on his new movie's portrayal of the Bolivian and Cuban revolutions. "I'm done. I'm done, I hope you write whatever you want. I don't give a damn." [...]

"He was a man full of hatred," says Armando Valladares, the Cuban dissident imprisoned by the revolutionary regime in 1959. Named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, Mr. Valladares is the author of "Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulag" and a board member of the Human Rights Foundation. Speaking through Glenda Aldana, a translator who works for the HRF, Mr. Valladares points to Guevara's own writings as proof.

In his "Message to the Tricontinental," Guevara espoused "hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine."

"He took joy in killing counterrevolutionaries and was one of the most hard-edged, most Stalinist, pro-Soviet Communists of the whole leadership," says Ronald Radosh, a Hudson Institute adjunct fellow and author of "Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left."

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