(ken @ Mar. 28 2005,23:01) Che Guevara was an o.k. guy (I wouldn't wear anything w/his face on it, though) who had very few political aspirations. He just wanted to fight for what he thought was good which, at the time, was Fidel. I wouldn't compare him to Hitler.
I hope you're merely misinformed. Â I doubt the families of the Bolivian farmers and peasants that were lined up and shot because they declined to join Guevara's "revolution" think he was an "o.k. guy." Â Fortunately, he sucked when it came to guerilla warfare and the Bolivian army, which was not especially known for its martial prowess, killed him. Â Good riddance.
I've never heard of anybody being shot simply because they didn't join his revolution. He summarily executed people, definitely, but rarely if ever were they peasants. They were traitors, enemies, and sometimes his own men who were used as an example to not royally f-up. He didn't suck at guerilla warfare. Tactics in his books are still used today by insurgents. He was thrust into incredibly unfavorable conditions in Africa, and I don't think anybody could have come out on top in that one. But surviving as long as he did, while being on the front lines of battle as often as he was, makes him not suck in my eyes. Interestingly enough, he was executed w/o trial, mostly because of politicians who didn't want any more threats to their U.S.-backed economy (which is the reason the peasants were peasants in the first place). What comes around goes around, I guess. Don't get me wrong, I hate Guevara's politics and tactics. But the man was probably the hardest worker in modern times, and that makes him a.o.k. to me.