Monday, 16 March 2015

´Know this now, you are killing a man´, Last words by Che

Its interesting, the Bolivians didn't have much interest in Che Guevara, until he died.
When they saw him dead, he looked a bit like Jesus. After all, he did say he would come back.

They wrapped him in a tent, tied him to the leg of a helicopter and brought him to Vallegrande, nice.

I went to the museum here, one wall said he was guarded, another room had an account of a school teacher that went to the laundry, where he was and took photos of him with her friend, i wonder did they take selfies?

The defeated revolutionary lies on a laundry room table, eyes open, locked in a stoic gaze as a frenzy of reporters and crowds of locals scrambled to catch a last glimpse of history. After their publication, the death photos were compared to two famous paintings; Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp," circa 1632 and Mantegna's "Lamentation over the Dead Christ," circa 1490. 
   "If Che hadn't been who he was," Casey said, "No one would have made that comparison.

"Lamentation over the Dead Christ," circa 1490

 After the success of the Cuban Revolution, the international press latched onto Guevara as an interesting figure in Castro's new government. Guevara had trained as a doctor in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina, but cast off his life of privilege to discover his own identity and eventually pursue revolutionary ideals.

   "Che's life, in many ways, mirrors that of a religious martyr," Casey said. "It's the idea of casting off worldly possessions in a pursuit of an ideal and then paying the ultimate price for it."

Days before Guevara and others were captured and killed, some of the guerrillas were in Alto Seco getting supplies from the store. At first they were willing to pay for what they took.
   "An elderly woman spoke up," Osinaga said. "She told the guerrillas that the store owner intended to tell the army about them." 
   The guerrillas became enraged, refused to pay for their supplies and demanded to see the owner, who hid, fearing his life. The townsfolk were generally uncooperative with the guerrillas, who tried to win their trust to no avail. Guevara was not able to recruit troops from the local population nor was he able to gain their support, a crucial element to his revolutionary plan. 
   "None of us knew the guerrillas were led by Che," Osinaga said, "Even if we had, we wouldn't have wanted anything to do with him." 
   Guevara stunk in a particularly wretched way that only 11 months in the Bolivian wilderness can accommodate. Not only were the guerrillas dirty, Osinaga said, but Guevara smelled like urine and looked ragged. Seven years after the Korda photograph was taken, Guevara in Bolivia was an entirely different picture. 
   It was the townspeople who supplied the Bolivian army with intelligence regarding the location and movements of the guerrillas. Many of them were actually former schoolmates of young captain Prado, who grew up in the area. As far as the locals were concerned, Guevara and his men were simply a dangerous bunch of foreigners.

Ches shoes

By killing Che, they made him a god, he couldn't breathe, due to chronic asthma, he had arthritis, it was cold, he had been in Bolivia for 11 months, so he had been through a winter, and he looked it. Two of his men abandoned him, he didn't even have proper shoes!!

His clothes, look like the real deal

Tanyas shoes (his girlfriend)

Not to make a big deal about the shoes, but it does look Ches group was pretty unprepared for what they were up against, its too late now...

My advice would have been...

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