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Controversial Legacy of Marxist Revolutionist – Che Guevara

Above all, try always to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world. It is the most beautiful quality of a revolutionary.

Che Guevara

Che Guevara is remembered today as a controversial legacy of Marxist Revolutionary due to his influential vagaries in Cuban Revolution alongside Fidel Castro in overthrowing the United States backed Batista regime in Cuba in the late 1950’s.

Che Guevara was born into a middle-class family in Rosario, Argentina in 1928. During his teens, he was focused on the different political views from family and friends, motivating him to be vocal about opinions and political actions opposing the government through demonstrations. Later he went to the University of Buenos Aires to study medicine but left half way through to travel around South America. This passion exposed him to the brutal conditions poor people were succumbed to, high poverty and discrimination among different classes of people. This exposure helped him understand the cruelty of the world motivating him to go back to medical school and earn a degree to become a doctor and help people. In 1953 he received his degree pathing his way towards revolution.

By 1955, Guevara was married and living in Mexico where he met Cuban revolutionist, Fidel Castro who were already gathering forces and believers to overthrow Batista regime. Guevara found his purpose, joining the mission and becoming close friends with Castro, his closest ally, and a trained soldier. Guevara became the primary advisor to Castro, planning attacks to crumble Batista regime and appointed Guevara as chief to the growing guerilla force. Guevara was strongly committed to fighting, to bring justice and peace to the Latin Americans and was concerned about the growing imperialism of the United States and despotism from the Cuban government. He strongly believed that communism was the solution and answer to bring justice, security and peace to Latin Americans and was dedicated to fighting in his course.

After defeating Batista regime in 1958, Guevara remained close to Fidel Castro, accepting his regime in 1959 by filling influential political seats. He became chief in charge of La Cabana prison ordering execution of hundreds of people. He later became appointed as President of National Bank and Minister of Industry, assisting Castro regime in the transformation to become a communist nation. Guevara also acted as the ambassador for Cuba promoting its foreign policies in other nations and gaining alliance and partnership to assist in the Cuban revolution. He was an influential player in the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961 belligerent against the United States intervention and deterrence which was a successful mission for Castro regime. However, it was not the end and aftermath was followed by Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 where Guevara and Cuban regime was strongly associated with Soviet Unions, to fight against the United States and its allies. Guevara was the key player and authored tactics and methods to counter future invasions and threats from the United States and other nations. He spoke in United Nations in 1964 condemning the actions of United States and calling for peaceful coexistence, Cuban’s exclusive right to life and liberty and non-intervention. To respect the sovereignty and impede imperialism, to promote peaceful economic and political development in Cuba.

Later in 1965, with the continuous domestic disorder and international pressure on Castro regime, the relationship of Castro and Guevara began to shudder. Guevara left his post and went on his way to explore another destination and visited Congo to train guerilla troops in support of the revolution happening there. However, when it failed he left Congo to come back briefly to Cuba, but departing shortly to Bolivia in 1966. His time in Bolivia was short lived as he was captured by CIA-backed Bolivian rebels and executed within 48 hours.

Since his death, Guevara has remained as a controversial legacy, a political figure of belligerent, revolutionists and communist. Though his extrajudicial orders and killing in the Cuban Revolution is subjected to law and order, his followers have continued to promote his legacy and idealism. He is a subject of great public and political interest and has been portrayed as an exemplary revolutionist in numerous movies, plays, novels, and exhibits. Guevara’s famous photograph taken by photographer Alberto Korda in 1960 when Guevara was standing across 23rd street, has been widely accepted marking the “Cuban Revolution” and a figure of legacy to have the most widely reproduced and distributed photograph/image of all times.

About Fathmath Shifa (22 Articles)
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