Skip to comments.Che Guevara Idolator “Feels Pain” of Pinochet’s Victims
Posted on 08/04/2012 6:48:24 AM PDT by Kaslin
In the movie Robert Redford production The Motorcycle Diaries Mexican-born actor Gael Garcia Bernal reveled in the role of Ernesto Guevara I cannot remember when I didn't know about Che," he sighed during an interview in 2004. "Che has so much to do with your ideals as a young man. His mythification, Che the icon, is not three-dimensional. To have the T-shirt doesnt mean much. With the film, we wanted to bring that character closer to ourselves."
Now, in the movie No Bernal is playing the role of Rene Saavedra, a Chilean PR man mounting a press campaign against Chilean President Augusto Pinochet during a 1988 referendum. The movies title No refers to how the Bernal character wants Chileans to vote regarding Pinochets continuation as Chilean President.
This made me realize the profound pain caused by the (Pinochet) dictatorship and it hit me hard," he told The Associated Press this week in Santiago Chile. "The director wanted to make a movie about the history of what went on in 1988, as well as an introspection and reflection on democracy."
While prepping for his role as Che in The Motorcycle Diaries Bernal admits to often visiting Cuba for coaching by the Stalinist regimes KGB-founded propaganda ministry. The regime co- founded by Che Guevara has banned voting under penalty of firing squad and prison for half a century.
After 14 years in power Pinochet allowed a vote that ousted him. After 53 years the regime co- founded by Che Guevara stills outlaws it.
But we search in utter vain for any expression of pain felt by Bernal on behalf of Cubans, or any reflection by him (on the extinction of) Cuban democracy for a period OVER THREE TIMES as long as its absence in Chile.
But why pick on Gael Garcia Bernal?
Back in 2006 Fidel Castro got sick and seemed on his deathbed shortly before Augusto Pinochet passed away. So both names were much in the news. This provided a controlled setting, a veritable laboratory, for testing media bias.
The terms "human rights abuses," along with "murders and tortures" appeared consistently in the articles on one Latin American leader, while being almost completely absent from stories about the other.
One leader jailed more political prisoners as a percentage of population than Stalinand for three times as long. Modern historys longest-suffering political prisoners languished in the prisons and forced-labor camps established by his regime. According to the Harvard- published Black Book of Communism, he executed 16,000 subjects by firing squad. These ranged in age from 16 to 68 and included several women, at least one of them pregnant. According to the scholars and researchers at the Cuba Archive, his regimes total death toll from torture, prison beatings, machine gunning of escapees, drownings, etc. comes to more than 100,000. According to Freedom House, 500,000 Cubans have suffered in his gulag and torture chambers. Today, 53 years after the establishment of the totalitarian police state, political prisoners still languish in his regimes prisons for quoting Martin Luther King and Gandhi.
He is the one where the news articles omitted the terms "human rights abuses, torture and murders" and where "gains in health care and literacy" predominated.
One led a coup to oust a Marxist regime that had been declared unconstitutional by his nations legislature and Supreme Court. In the "dirty war" immediately following the coup 3,000 people were killed and 30,000 arrested. Within a few years, all had been released or exiled.
He was the one reviled for "human rights abuses, killings and tortures." To wit:
From the Washington Post 12/10/06: Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 91, the former Chilean dictator whose government murdered and tortured thousands during his repressive 17-year rule, died yesterday.
From the New York Times 12/11/06: Augusto Pinochet, Dictator Who Ruled by Terror in Chile, Dies at 91 Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, the brutal dictator who repressed and reshaped Chile for nearly two decades and became a notorious symbol of human rights abuse and corruption, died yesterday at the Military Hospital of Santiago.
These consist of the very first sentences of these MSM stories on Pinochet.
Absolutely nothing regarding human rights abuses, much less murder or torture appeared regarding Castro.
In a Reuters article titled "Legacies Bind Castro, Pinochet in Their Twilight," which ran everywhere from the Washington Post to MSNBC in December 2006, Anthony Boadle dispensed with the subtleties and tackled the double standard head on. "Dozens of Pinochets agents were convicted of assassination and torture," he wrote "and Castros government has not hesitated to jail dissidents. But there are no credible reports of disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture in Cuba since the early 1960s, according to human rights groups."
Just what "human rights groups" Boadle consulted he didnt say. But lets hand it to him for boldly displaying his bias on his shirtsleeve. His concern with "extrajudicial killings" presents a thoroughly fascinating specimen of logic. Applying it to other historical settings we discover that the regimes responsible for the Great Terror and the Nuremberg Laws are preferable to the one responsible for the Kent State killings. The first two were perfectly "judicial," after all. The third was not.
Indeed, Stalins massacres were usually preceded by "trials" featuring detailed "confessions" from the "criminals" with cameras and reporters on hand lest anyone doubt these proceedings scrupulously "judicial" nature. Among the westerners who lauded these trials propriety were Albert Einstein, Lillian Hellman and the New York Times Walter Duranty. We can only suspect that Anthony Boadle would have followed suit.
The very trademark of a totalitarian regime is that its mass-murders, mass-jailings and mass- larcenies are all perfectly "judicial," because every judge is a regime apparatchik. Any judge who temporizes over the rubber-stamping of a Communist regime decree disappears, not just from his bench, but from the face of the earth. His former colleagues, or perhaps his successor, then sign the proper documentation making his disappearance properly "judicial."
Executive producer of the movie Robert Redford (who always kicks off the Sundance Film Festival with a long dirge about the importance of artistic freedom) was forced to screen The Motorcycle Diaries for Che's widow (who heads Cuba's Che Guevara Studies Center) and Fidel Castro for their approval before release. We can only imagine the shrieks of outrage from Hollywood about "censorship!" and "selling out!" had, say, Robert Ackerman required (and acquiesced in) Nancy Reagan's approval to release HBO's The Reagans that same year.
I’m glad we have humberto fontova.
We’ll be lucky to get out of this mess without a Pinochet.
Suharto is more like it, or Pol Pot.
Without a major conversion of hearts, we are headed for mountains of skulls - whenever the antinomian Left gets this much power, that’s how it always ends.
The last word goes to Lenin - “Who - Whom?”
Che = murderer
One led a coup to oust a Marxist regime that had been declared unconstitutional by his nations legislature and Supreme Court.
And that is what everyone forgets about Pinochet. Fact: Salvadore Allende’s party had only 35% of the seats in the House of Deputies. The rest of the seats were spread out around a collection of other parties. According to the Chilean constitution, it’s a parliamnetary system where the party with the most seats hgats the presidency for a single six year term. And that is how Allende got in power. Allende then started bringing in operatives from Cuba and East Germany as enforcers. The death toll due to these enforcers was far higher than that attributed to Pinochet.
The rest of the House of Deputies (mind you, up to 65% of the seats) and the Chilean Supreme Court begged Pinochet to act. Pinochet was extemely reluctant at first, but then finally acted.
Thanks for posting this.
Chile faced a Marxist opposition that was organized and funded by the Soviet Union. The goal was nothing less than the overthrow of the Chilean Gov’t, and establishing Chile as a Soviet client state in the mold of Cuba.
Did anyone ever notice that the fbi agent, Nick Memphis, in the movie “Shooter” was wearing a che tee shirt?
even NY Times calls the Allende death a suicide now. Forensic evidence.
Much about the Left is revealed in their obsession with Che.
When I worked at a school (leftist land), I had a conversation with a teacher regarding Che and why he had him placed alongside pictures of Ghandi, Lincoln, and a few others. He told me it was about Che’s message and his ideas. The focus was completely on what Che said, not what he actually did, as if his words were held higher than his actions. It was sickening and extremely revealing.
When I called him out on it, he was cool, but he didnt have a response. I asked what the point was for idea’s when they are enforced with a sickeningly massive body count. Che’s actions spread misery, fear, and death. I challenged this teacher to speak with another staff member of Cuban heritage whos family fled here during the Cuban Revolution. They lost everything, including family members, to Che and Castro. He invited her to speak to his class and the class actually requested that Che’s picture be removed. It was a fascinating moment during my stint doing IT work in the education sector.
Many on the Left are caught up in this “cult of personality”. As long as you sing lofty idea’s, you can commit the worst atrocities and never be held accountable.
Pinochet was a hero who saved Chile from becoming a Stalinist state under the Soviet-paid traitor Allende. Che ? A bloodthirsty psychotic who turned a successful and productive country into a gulag for a half-century and running.
God Bless Pinochet, Savior of Chile. F--k Che!
The left hates him because of that
I was in college when the revolution in Cuba ended. We cheered Fidel, he was bringing freedom to Cuba and rid it of a dictator. Shortly after he took power the cry was “To the wall!” Fidel and his crew was shooting everyone on a daily basis and the press was showing it on TV (Mostly black and white with John Cameron Swazey)
Then came 1960, Castro, Krushchev, and cooking fresh killed chickens in the hotel room in NYC. Most of you probably were not of age when this was going on. I had ties to people in the NYPD at the time who were there to protect that SOB Castro and his entourage. 57’ Castro was treated as a hero in the MSM. Then came the bay of Pigs fiasco, thanks to the Kennedys, who were true to form. Today we are dealing with Myths created by the MSM, and that goes for Che, Castro and the Kennedys.
There is more blood on Castro and Che’s hands than on Pinochet. 2 wrongs don’t make it right, but if you think Che was a hero, forget it. Given more power he’d be like Stalin or Hitler had he controlled Cuba. Che = LOSER! The Bolivians did the right thing, the man was a murderer plain and simple. I’m surprised that they don’t have sweaters for Cienfuegos, who was a bigger hero of the Cuban revolution than Che and maybe Castro too. He was killed shortly after the revolution in an “airplane accident”. ;o)