8. HIS ADVENTURES WERE A CELEBRATION OF LIFE. Instead, they were an orgy of death. He executed many innocent people in Santa Clara, in central Cuba, where his column was based in the last stage of the armed struggle. After the triumph of the revolution, he was in charge of “La Cabaña” prison for half a year. He ordered the execution of hundreds of prisoners—former Batista men, journalists, businessmen, and others. A few witnesses, including Javier Arzuaga, who was the chaplain of “La Cabaña”, and José Vilasuso, who was a member of the body in charge of the summary judicial process, recently gave me their painful testimonies.
Don’t miss the other nine. Alvaro Vargas Llosa is the author of Liberty for Latin America, a must-read.
If you haven’t read it already, here‘s my post on how Che treated prisoners.
Above all, Guevara’s enduring status in film and populist imagery is proof of mankind’s pathetic inability to recognise evil when its guise is beauty and its lie is love.
And blinding ignorance, too.