Ernesto Che Guevara was born on June 14, 1928, in Rosario, Argentina. His wandering lust engulfed him at a young age. As a teenager, he decided to travel to the Andes on his dilapidated motorcycle.
He worked in a mine in Chile and then volunteered in a leper colony in Peru. The plight of the lepers deeply affected him and made him reflect on the state of medicine in the Third World.
He decided to return to his birthplace to become a doctor. One reason for this decision was that he knew that as a doctor he could work anywhere in the Third World.
The formality of the Latin American border had always bothered him.
Che has become a doctor.
But it did not take long for him to discover that without the overall socio-economic transformation, the drug lords would be exclusive.
Thus, medicine became a springboard for him in the path of revolution.
Che with his children, Cuba, 1964
Che’s notable feature was that he could reject the status quo in any situation.
His position was high in the eyes of the Cuban people. He was a national hero.
It has enjoyed a high reputation worldwide.
His personal life was continuous. He was separated from his wife, Hilda Gadia, who was in Mexico with his daughters during the civil war, and later married his Cuban comrade, Aleda March, and had two children.
It is true that power corrupts people, but this does not apply to Che.
When he traveled with Fidel Castro for the Cuban Revolution, he was well aware of the limitations and possibilities of the relationship.
He was also aware of the harsh conditions under which civil war was conducted in the form of guerrilla warfare.
The dangers and limitations of socialism in a country …
Che and Fidel Castro
He joined the revolutionary movement, marched, and emerged as the victorious general of the Cuban Revolution from the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship, along with his brothers Fidel and Raউl.
After the revolution, US sanctions and isolation on Cuba had to be broken.
At the same time, Vietnam needed help. He went to Vietnam and saw that the country was engaged in a life-and-death struggle.
Castro tried desperately to keep him in Cuba, but none of the arguments he presented were enough to convince him.
He was one of the few leaders in the revolution who was able to argue and oppose Castro very violently, although Chey usually gave up, but this time he did not.
In mid-1965, he wrote a letter to Fidel, later announcing his resignation from all responsibilities in Cuba.
From Che’s letter, let’s read:
I want to know that I feel both joy and sorrow from it. I am leaving my pure hope for the building of socialism, the most beloved of my loved ones, and a man who welcomed me as their son. It hurts a part of my soul deeply. I will carry the feeling that you have instilled in me the revolutionary consciousness of my people, the holiest of duties, the new battlefield where I will carry out my duty to fight against imperialism. It relaxes me and makes me more for any grief.
I say again that I am free from all liability except the example that Cuba has set. If my last moment comes under the distant sky, my last thought will be with these people, especially you … I have left no property for my wife and children, and I am not sorry about it; I’m glad it’s so. I don’t want anything for them, I know they will meet the needs of the state.
“You know what the worst thing is? Surrender, give up.”
He also wrote to his parents, wife Aleda and children in Argentina. Che to his parents, “My wish, perfect in the rigors of an artist, will now occupy my trembling legs and tired lungs. I will succeed …” He said he was trying to allay his concerns.
Just after the Revolution, with his parents in Havana, January 1959
He explained to his children the reason for their abandonment and he hoped they would be proud of him. In the document, which is his political will, his political goals were explained in detail.
His message was published in April 1967 at the Three Continents Conference in Havana. “Create two or three more Vietnamese” The title became a document of war between Asian, African and Latin American delegates.
“Somewhere in Latin America” In his message, Che called for an end to Vietnam’s isolation.
The spirit of his cause was emotionally explained in his message:
There is a bitter truth in the middle: – The nation that represents the hopes and aspirations of the forgotten people of the whole world – Vietnam today in a tragic loneliness. This nation must endure the onslaught of US technology … but always alone.
The solidarity shown to the people of Vietnam by all the progressive powers in the world today is, unfortunately, similar to the joyous plumbing for gladiators in the Roman arena. The important thing is not to wish the victim success; One must be able to accompany him on the path of death or victory.
After Che resigned from all his positions in Cuba, he first entered the secret struggle for the liberation of Africa in the Congo, 1965.
Guevara called for a world-class revolutionary strategy to defeat the United States.
Analyzing defeats and victories in Latin America, Asia and Africa, he pays tribute to the martyrs: Lumumba of the Congo, Father Camilo Torres of Colombia and many more in Asia.
When the black people of Rhodesia and South Africa began to struggle, ‘A new era will be born in Africa’ The prophecy ended with a call to avoid the risk of his message:
Every action of ours is a cry for war against imperialism and a war hymn for the present unity of the people against the United States, the great enemy of humanity. No matter where or how death comes … if our war slogans spread from ear to ear and our weapons go from hand to hand, and if others mourn our funeral at the sound of machine guns, screams of war and victory, welcome death, enjoy …
The man who wrote these words abandoned everything, a victorious revolution, his worldwide prestige, his parents, his beloved Aleda and his children to implement his theory.
It could be even more aggressive against Western leaders who sent people to their deaths without moving a hair.
Tariq Ali, Year of the Street War, Eletisim Publications, 1st Edition, Istanbul-1995.
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