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The Bolivian Diary by Ernesto Guevara
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Jun 08, 09

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The diaries give a facinating picture into the unromantic life of a guerilla freedom fighter, but it also shows some of the diffriculties, in training, supplying and administering a guerilla army in a fight for freedom in the jungles of South America. It was very sad to be reading this diary knowing that Che would never be allowed to finish his work because the CIA led Bolivian army mercenaries assassinated him and hid his body. Out of all of his diaries, I enjoyed the Motorcyle Diaries the best because it showed his gradually changing World view, and how he changed from a promising doctor to a World renowned freedom fighter. I also enjoyed his Cuban Revolution Diaries, for it showed his growing experience and learning curve in making up for mistakes and false starts, to finally freeing Cuba from a corrupt dictatorship. The best writing he did was on how to be a guerilla fighter, and how the US (imperialist) government systematically interfered with South American life and progress by inserting special forces rangers and supplies into different groups to insure their best corporate interests in the region. This included assassinations, beatings,torture, election rigging and propoganda. The speech that Che Guevara gave to the United Nations in 1964 is included in it's entirety, and it is facinating to listen to this man of letters argue that the US is in the wrong for attacking Cuba, blockading supplies and medicine, and for sending troops and money to different factions around the World to protect corporate interests, which by definition makes the United States Not a Protector of Freedom, but an imperialist war monger out to make a profit. It is interesting to find that because of this speech, Che and other Cuban Ambassadors were banned from the United Nations and other organizations, and yet because of the recent release of government documents we all now know that he was in the right with his speeches.
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Jan Damon,
If you would be interested in a broader perspective on this same very worthwhile subject, I recommend The Open Veins of Latin America.--Jan


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