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Che's Dark Side By: Robert Stacy McCain
Washington Times | Wednesday, November 07, 2007


One of the most famous faces of communism is getting a makeover this week, with a new poster designed to teach students the whole story about Cuban revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

"The Victims of Che Guevera" poster, produced by the Young America's Foundation, centers on a collage that uses tiny photos of those killed by Cuba's communist regime to compose the face of the Marxist guerrilla, who has become a popular T-shirt icon.

"Che is one of the heroes that the left idolizes," said Patrick X. Coyle, vice president of YAF. "But a lot of kids don't know anything about him. We thought this would be a great way to highlight his atrocities."

The occasion for the poster is Freedom Week, YAF's annual commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, which has since become the most famous event symbolizing the collapse of Soviet communism.

Conservative students on more than 100 college and university campuses will participate in Freedom Week events, and YAF has printed 10,000 copies of the Guevara poster to dramatize the fact that communism "affected real individuals," Mr. Coyle said.

"In fact, collectivist regimes, according to 'The Black Book of Communism,' murdered more than 100 million people worldwide in the 20th century," he said.

The Che poster was the brainchild of YAF President Ron Robinson and created by designer Jonathan Briggs.

"We worked with Umberto Fontova, author of 'Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him,' and he helped us acquire the images" of victims of Cuban communism, Mr. Coyle said.

A native of Argentina, Guevara met exiled Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in Mexico in 1956. Three years later, after Mr. Castro had overthrown the Cuban government of Fulgencio Batista, Guevara was responsible for the trials and executions of the communist regime's enemies. He later traveled to Africa and Latin America, helping promote Marxist guerrilla uprisings, before being killed by the Bolivian army in 1967.

A famous photo of Guevara by Alberto Korda was made into a poster that adorned the walls of many student radicals in the U.S. during the era in the late 1960s and early '70s.

Guevara was "an international terrorist and mass murderer," the YAF poster declares.

It's no accident, Mr. Coyle suggests, that Guevara T-shirts are worn by students on so many campuses today. "Colleges and universities are the last holdouts of Marxist ideas," he said.

To view the poster, click here.



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