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I prefer the image of Che in the factory, the image of Che in the field, the image of Che at the microphone. I prefer the image of Che proclaiming clearly and defiantly, "Playa Giron is a symbol for all oppressed peoples. Playa Giron is the first defeat of the Unites States in Latin America but also one of the first defeats of imperialism in the world."

I prefer the image of Che on August 8, 1961, at the Organization of American States meeting in Punta de Este speaking truth to the power of the US system of domination in Latin America when he challenged President Kennedy's Alliance for Progress, a declaration which would result a couple months later in the US-orchestrated expulsion of Cuba from the OAS: "It has been clearly established that these [Alliance for Progress] loans fundamentally will support capitalist business. And since the imperialist monopolies entrenched in each Latin American country have not been condemned, it is logical to suppose that these credits will be used for the development of these entrenched monopolies.… In the free market system in which nearly every Latin American country lives, this means greater exportation of capital to the United States. In this way, the Alliance for Progress definitely will become the means of financing these foreign monopolies in Latin America.… It is clear that in the coming years the current tendency will continue and that raw materials will continue to drop in price. In that case, it is evident that there will be an ongoing and ever greater deterioration in the balance of payments of every country in the Americas, to which will be added the exportation of capital by the monopolies. All of this will be translated into a lack of development, into the absolute opposite of what the Alliance for Progress pretends to be. "

I prefer the image of Che crucified in Bolivia by the empire of the CIA and with his hands cut off, who would have stood with the people of Boliva protesting the privatization of water, and who is resurrected today in hundreds of millions of hearts yearning and striving for liberation and justice around the world. In the end, I prefer the image of Che, the image of hope resurrected found in the Natalie Cardone video Hasta Siempre Comandante.

Earlier this month, forty-seven years after the expulsion of Cuba from the OAS, the countries of Latin America repudiated the vote to exclude Cuba. The name of Che was invoked many times. The role of Che in history is a thousand times more important and more relevant than a conversation about his photographic image and the use of it. And more important still than the historic Che is the Che of today who is alive.

That Che continues to live is of ongoing concern to the oppressive global military industrial media complex headed by the United States. Anyone reading current events in Latin America knows that a powerful trend to the left in all of Latin America is being met by renewed U.S. attempts at subversion in several countries, including Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Guatemala. The leaders of these countries invoke the name of Che without shame and with righteous indignation.

It is time to renew the Latin America solidarity movement in the United States and prevent Obama's CIA, USAID, Department of State and Defense Department from embarking on a new period of destabilization and interventions in Latin America.

David Brookbank

Spokane, WA

Jun 20 2009 - 4:17pm

Web Letter

The review of the Che Guevara biography is well done. It points out the good and bad points of Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image by Michael Casey. So--why in the world do you put it up with that ridiculous art crossing Che with Liberace? It's ridiculous, insulting and has nothing to do with the review whatsoever. Plainly, it's just stupid. I expect better in The Nation.

David Robbins

Des Moines, IO

Jun 18 2009 - 10:29am