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Filmen om Che Guevara er nok et eksempel på kulten av Che. Che var i virkeligheten en totalitær sosialist, som var med å opprette arbeidsleire for homofile, dissidenter og senere også aidssyke. Hans geriljaeventyr i Bolivia oppnådde intet. Likevel er han blitt selve revolusjonshelten, mens dagens dissidenter på Cuba blir dømt til tyve års fengsel. Det er dypt urettferdig, skriver Paul Berman.

To get himself killed, and to get a lot of other people killed, was central to Che’s imagination. In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for «two, three, many Vietnams,» he also spoke about martyrdom and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: «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. This is what our soldiers must become …»— and so on. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale.

Filmen The Motorcycle Diaries bygger opp rundt en kristologisk oppfatning av Che. Den kunne like gjerne vært laget til Francos ære.

To get himself killed, and to get a lot of other people killed, was central to Che’s imagination. In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for «two, three, many Vietnams,» he also spoke about martyrdom and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: «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. This is what our soldiers must become …»— and so on. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale.

The Cult of Che – Don’t applaud The Motorcycle Diaries. By Paul Berman