An Post, the Irish equivalent of the United States Postal Service, has decided to issue a new batch of stamps commemorating a murderer: Che Guevara.
Guevara was a Marxist revolutionary who aided Fidel Castro in his rise to power. Once Castro was leader of Cuba, Guevara was appointed head of La Cabaña Fortress prison, where, according to History.com, he had “between 156 and 550 people” extra-judicially executed.
British historian, Nigel Jones, writes in The Telegraph:
But a glance beneath the surface glamour of Alberto Korda’s 1960 beret-and-curls photograph of Guevara is enough to expose the less-than-romantic reality. At the time he posed for Korda’s camera, Guevara was jailer and executioner-in-chief of Castro’s dictatorship. As boss of the notorious La Cabaña prison in Havana, he supervised the detention, interrogation, summary trials and execution of hundreds of “class enemies”.
We know from Ernest Hemingway – then a Cuban resident – what Che was up to. Hemingway, who had looked kindly on Leftist revolutions since the Spanish civil war, invited his friend George Plimpton, editor of the Paris Review, to witness the shooting of prisoners condemned by the tribunals under Guevara’s control. They watched as the men were trucked in, unloaded, shot, and taken away. As a result, Plimpton later refused to publish Guevara’s memoir, The Motorcycle Diaries.
In 1966, Guevara left Cuba in order to spread the message of “revolution.” During his attempt to get the people of Bolivia to overthrow their government, he was apprehended by the Bolivian army, and executed in October of 1967.
The promotion of Che Guevara as some kind of folk hero is nothing new; college campuses are filled with students unironically wearing Che tee-shirts. Unfortunately, much like a cockroach, every time Guevara’s legacy is shown to be one of thuggery and murder, his deity-like status among progressives returns as if it had never been dismantled, and we see things like Ireland’s commemorative stamps.