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Excellent diary. I do have one problem, namely the invocation of Che as a positive.  Che represents the way some on the left succumbed to the temptation of violence and repression in an ends-justify-means approach.  Also Ortega isn't someone I'd think anyone should root for. His rule in the eighties wasn't exactly a model of democracy (which certainly doesn't excuse US support first for Somoza and then the contras who were even worse in terms of human rights) and since then he has become yet another corrupt politician.
by MarekNYC on Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 01:53:09 PM EST
You make a valid point that I always like to bring out when I decide to annoy some of my friends who are further to the left than me. Che Guevara was a doctor who trampled his Hippocratus oath and went on to kill soldiers in Bolivia. Now, soldiers in the deep Bolivian rural areas, at the time and perhaps still now, were essentially jobless poor people, who joined the army for lack of a better opportunity. Killing such people in the name of freedom, was not the smartest way to fight against oppression.
by Alex in Toulouse on Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 04:08:29 PM EST
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