Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Blasts UN for Preserving Che Guevara's Memory

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Never much of a fan of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is more peeved than usual at the NGO. Today she blasted UNESCO for preserving the works of Che Guevara in its "Memory of the World Register."

The Memory of the World Register is at best a noble but flawed attempt to preserve documentary heritage from across the globe, but the collection of more than 200 entries is a bit scattershot. The United States' three entries in the register include The Wizard of Oz, a collection of documentaries about an African tribe, and a collection of documents related to Eleanor Roosevelt. So we're not talking about big things like, say, the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence (though England submitted its Magna Carta). Other entries include The Diary of Anne Frank, the work of José Martí Pérez, the Rigveda, and the Royal Archives of Madagascar.

Cuba and Bolivia got together this year to successfully submit The Life and Works of Ernesto Che Guevara.

Ros-Lehtinen, livid, sent out a statement:

"UNESCO continued its longstanding tradition of making a mockery of its own institution when it opted to venerate and memorialize the life of a blood thirsty, murderous sadist, Che Guevara, by including his works as an entry in its 'Memory of the World Register.' This decision is more than an insult to the families of those Cubans who were lined up and summarily executed by Che and his merciless cronies but it also serves as a direct contradiction to the UNESCO ideals of encouraging peace and universal respect for human rights.

"This latest reprehensible action is a microcosm of the existing problems within UNESCO today. There isn't any semblance of common sense left in that body. From its decision to accept a non-existent state of Palestine into its membership, to glorifying Che's ruthless crimes against humanity, UNESCO deserves no funding from US taxpayers. The Obama Administration is wrong to continue to seek to restore funding to UNESCO. The Administration must immediately end its push to send $225 million in American taxpayer money to UNESCO that would enable that organization to keep undermining our friend and ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel, and would insult the memories of those who suffered under Che and continue to suffer under the Castro brothers."

The United States had withdrawn from UNESCO for more than two decades until it rejoined in 2003. However, America withdrew funding after UNESCO (whose memberships is not synonymous with the United Nations) accepted Palestine as a member.

Cuba, of course, is squeezing the recognition for all it's worth and held a ceremony in Havana with Che's widow and children.

Interestingly, Ros-Lehtinen had nothing to say about this year's inclusion of Karl Marx's Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto.

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perlorenzo
perlorenzo

She is right and she'll always have my vote...

Steve Marshall
Steve Marshall

Carlos- I have no idea what you're talking about me "taking the South over the North", I'm proud to be from Illinois and go back to visit every time I have a chance. You don't know anything about me, please stop making assumptions. My point in bringing up Hitler was that people need to stop comparing Castro or any leader to him. The "neutral" comment was more about how the name Castro is always going to incite internet arguments like this that quickly turn to name-calling. ~ Steve

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

You're the one doing the aggrandizing here my friend. Bolivia was a vassal state for the US up until Morales was elected. So my family had nothing to stay and fight for. Whether my grandpa remained in power or not nothing really would have changed. The US still had control over whoever was elected. They left because if my grandpa was a target for assassination, which was widely believed at the time and still is, that maybe they would be too. The was no socialism to fight for in Bolivia, whereas there was in Cuba. And sure thing man, sounds good, I'd also like to hear from you on how I'm a "disrespectful hippie punk." Have a good one.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

It was deemed unsafe so they went to Miami, where Cubans are, the people that were subjugated to the asesino hijo de puta Guevara, the one that you adore. You are nothing but a disrespectful hippie punk that tries to aggrandize himself. According to your assessment of me, your family is full of cowards, adult cowards. I will be in Miami and I will like for you to explain to me in person what you meant that I am a "Bourgeoisie coward". Case closed for now.

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

And I've already addressed why I dont live in Cuba or Bolivia. I was born here, my whole family from dad and moms side live here. all my friends are here. You make it sound like it would be some easy thing for me to do to just get up and leave. The fact that you keep making an argument that I've already dismissed several times just shows that you're here to keep yapping and not listen to anyone else.

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

He didnt hide in an elementary school. He was captured by the CIA backed Bolivian Army and then held captive in an elementary school over night and then executed the following day. My family came here before I was born. I had no say in the matter. They came here after my grandpa died in a helicopter crash. It was deemed unsafe for them to stay in Bolivia so they came here. Big deal. I never said I was a fighter, but I'm glad you look at yourself as one. I'm not trying to compete with you over whose the toughest guy here. I'm sure you've been through a lot, but your personal feelings about what happened doesn't dictate historical facts. You want to know who I am? I'm a 19 year old young man who works at a restaurant called Evos, and who is studying political science and philosophy at Miami Dade College. I frequently give clothes, food, and money to the poor, I'm constantly signing petitions for causes I believe in, I read all the books that I can whether it be about philosophy, history, or politics, I like bing physically active and I love to eat Chipotle. I've been to jail once for filming a police officer hit two guys with a baton and although thats not illegal, he didn't like that I did it so he dropped me to the floor and made up charges to send me to jail for the night. I hate materialistic people, I don't like capitalism, and I don't like imperialism. I consider myself a socialist but I also am open to other forms of solutions like participatory economics or something similar to the venus project. I see a lot of injustice in the world, meaningless wars, extreme religious groups, too many homeless people, too many hungry people, in the midst of all this abundance. The rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. There is something wrong and I have a different way of looking at how to solve them than you do. Im a normal guy that just happens to look at things differently than you. I hope now you know me well enough so you don't feel like you have to look me up on the internet. I have nothing to hide. And I could have sworn you were gonna stop commenting awhile ago? What happened? I'm getting tired of constantly returning to this post to comment. Our conversation hasn't gotten anywhere.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

By the way, there is also a small Jamaican connection but it is an unimportant item.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Al Masson, you are absolutely correct. The impulse to love Castro and the Revolution coincided with the feelings against the ultra right McCarthyism. In 1959 the 11 year old iconoclastic Beatnik movement took hold and many saw the left as the solution to the McCarthy era. Many saw their answer in Castro when he claimed to be a Marxist Leninist. Then came the iconic photograph of Guevara then that was it, everyone dropped their pants and bent over for him and still do. What is a joke is that these punks think of themselves as radicals making a change, then they adhere and live within what they are against. He claims that he will not wear a shirt because it is against his radical views and my views were also deemed radical when I wore a shirts with the name Martin Luther King written on them during the '60s in Miami, in the South, but I did wear them. I marched, sat in the back of buses and had many black friends. It was and is one of the many things I believed and believe in. What is of interest, is that this Alex Barrientos family is mostly from Bolivia. Is it not their absurd President Morales a communist, pro Castro, pro Guevara, pro Chavez and anti American? Why is he not there? helping his family's Country the Country that runs in his blood? Bolivia is the perfect match for this pseudo hippie.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Yes, and your family ran to Miami because they knew that they would find refuge among those that were the enemies from whom they were running. If you are so much of a fighter, show me what you have done other than ranting in Facebook. I can get information on anyone or any group because this is what I have been doing most of my life in order to fight against American foreign policy in Cuba. Don't come to me with any of your Facebook crap. We fought to get back, to invade until it became against an International Law, and agreement signed during the Missile Crisis. There were just a handful of Latin Americans when I arrived in Miami and that includes Cubans. Cubans had to fight everyone in Miami and I did become addicted to kicking ass in the streets until more Cubans arrived. Then as every country began to suffer a communist take over where did most of them run to, yes, Miami, where the biggest anti communism community resided, the Cubans. It is where your family ran to, and if I am a coward, you are not even that, you are as scum as scum can be, the reason that you adore the son of a puta madre Guevara. Yes, look how valiant he was, hiding in an elementary school and look at the photographs when he was apprehended, mortified of fear, it was on his face, the punk. Show me who you are, so far, you are a Facebook punk, writing crap. Show me.

Al Masson
Al Masson

Carlos Ignacio M unless people lived thru it - they don't know. I have first hand account on Che, people have no clue - it's just pop-culture. Che was a low-life scumbag who killed innocent people in the name of "Revolution", period. People can read books and make him a hero. Again,unless you lived thru it - you don't know the truth.

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

Yes my grandfather is responsible for the death of Che Guevara. What would you like me to do about that? What is your point in bringing that up? How does that invalidate anything I've said? I'm not my grandfather and I don't support anything he did.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Well, well, well! It appears that there is a connection between Alex Barrientos, Rene Barrientos and Ernesto Che Guevara. Rene Barrientos, was backed by the CIA and was put in power. During his presidency Rene Barrientos, in 1967, sent his government troops with the aid of the CIA and Cuban Americans to kill Ernesto Che Guevara. There you go. The other that insulted me is a convicted pot head. Che Guevara was, is and will always be below the level of excrement.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Alex Barrientos and George Dormon, are you claiming that I am a coward?

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Alex Barrientos and George Dormon, are you both claiming that I am a coward? By the way George Dormon, you look like crap in the 10/07/2009 photo.

Al Masson
Al Masson

Alex is ignorant,,, but, is entitled to his opinion. Che was scum..

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

I am insane. Everyone that has posted in here is from Florida. WTF! I left that rotten miasma and is time to leave again, the South, it lost and keeps losing. OUT!

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

George Dormon, I voted for President Obama and I am far from been a member of the right wing. I was fourteen when I was taken out of Cuba by my parents because I was apprehended twice; very few people can claim to have called Guevara a Hijo de Puta right to his face. I did try to go back, in the late 60's but was apprehended by the US Coast Guard, that guards Cuba from any invasion. Read the U.S. and Soviet Reach Accord on Cuba. The reason that I moved out of Florida was because of morons like you and Florida keeps proving that is infested with clones like you.

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

Tony, instead of going on google to find quotes of Che why dont you actually read about the man? Then maybe you would understand these quotes further. Che was critical of freedom of speech and freedom of the press because he saw first hand how the CIA used it to push propaganda to overthrow democratically elected leaders all throughout Latin America. If you are a trying to use that quote on black people to say he was a racist then it really shows you have no understanding of the man at all considering that many of his soldiers were black and even one of his closest friends was black. What you quoted him saying is little more than an observation of black people around him, not a racist comment. The quote on justice is bullshit because Che was directly in charge of those tribunals and took great care in making sure the right choices were made. And on nuclear war, yes, as Che saw it, and I'll quote him myself, "The blood of the people is our most sacred treasure, but it must be used to save the blood of more people in the future." You're quote is only a testament to how strongly he believed in what he was fighting for and how much he was willing to sacrifice for it. Is it apocalyptic sounding? yes, but Che wasnt the one who dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan. and to Carlos, I was born in Miami, I didn't "arrive" here. I had no say in the matter. I'm glad you think you did some great work for this city, you must think very highly of yourself lol. The reason I wont leave like you did is because I'm not a bourgeois coward who leaves his country when it needs him the most. I'm gonna stay here and continue working with other people to fight this corrupt establishment. Not go some place that better fits how I feel. There is no sacrifice in cowardice. And the very fact that I feel strong about Guevara is exactly why I don't wear a shirt with his face on it. He would detest the making of shirts for profit with his face on it. Out of respect for the man I dont wear them. and no, don't worry I wont end up alike you. I fight for what I believe in, I dont run away to places that will accept me. It seems as though I'm the one who has wasted my time here.

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Che on Nuclear war: “What we affirm is that we must proceed along the path of liberation even if this costs millions of atomic victims.”

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Che on Justice: “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary … These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution!”

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Che on race: "The negro is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink"

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Che on Freedom of Speech “If any person has a good word for the previous government that is good enough for me to have him shot.”

George Dormon
George Dormon

.. typical right wing response carlos doesnt like cuba he moves to miami. doesnt like miami moves North .shoulda stayed in Cuba and worked for his country

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Steve Marshall, although you did not experience or lived under Hitler, it seems that you are not having "a neutral conversation" about him. You have brilliantly made your point moot, by elucidating that it is impossible to be neutral when one has suffered or has known about atrocities committed against any or many people. Imagine, then, what it must be like when it is done to your family, your people, your Country, you. By the way, my family resided in Coral Gables, all the time, but I left many decades ago and have lived in your former State. the most, The Land of Lincoln, Chicago. Take the South, I take the North, I like to be in the winning team.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

You are not disappointing me but rather you are pointing to your pseudo ideology. Move to a Country that defines your standing much closer. I did so why can't you? You arrived at the cushy Miami after a few of us had to do the dirty work. Had you arrived at the same time as I did, the people that lived there, would have kicked your ass around, strap you to a toilet and send you off to Cuba. Sacrifice like we did and go to where your beliefs are more common. I am done now with you. I have wasted enough time with you. If you feel strong enough about Guevara, start wearing one of those shirts with his image on your chest. Go ahead, live your beliefs, if not, you are nothing but another hippie that will end up in a corporate life like most of them did.

Steve Marshall
Steve Marshall

Not surprisingly, it's impossible to have any sort of neutral conversation regarding the history of Cuba in Miami. Who knew? Also, anyone who compares any current world leader to Hitler just doesn't have a worthwhile opinion. Hitler's policies led directly to the murder of 12 million people, the occupation and destruction of the majority of a continent and were the main cause of a war that led to the deaths of over 50 million people. Anyone who thinks any other leader in the 20th or 21st century was even close to being that bad is not worth listening to and should probably be tied to a chair and forced to watch footage of concentration camps for hours. ~ Steve

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

it actually would be consistent with my political beliefs that I go to a state-sponsored community college lol that is one of the many things Che fought for, for free and public education. I'm sorry you thought that was some touché point to make lol. And I work at a restaurant that is part of a whole new movement in the food industry that is against big corporations like mcdonalds and monsanto. My restaurant serves all organic food, is entirely made out of eco friendly products, and gets most of its energy from eco friendly resources. Once again your touché moment has been crushed. You should really know someone before trying to call them hypocrite. and either way, even if we're I worked and went to school were hypocritical to my political beliefs, it wouldnt say much since it is almost entirely impossible to live like a true socialist in a capitalist run world. Did you expect to go to my facebook page and see that I live on the streets, dont have a job and dont go to college? lol that would be pointless. Being on the streets and starving is no way to fight the system. I'm sorry to disappoint you but I openly acknowledge the compromises I have to make, or as you call them, "hypocrisies." So you're little comment here which I'm sure you thought would strike a blow, is actually a cheap and irrelevant shot at an undebatable fact that is impossible to live completely socialist, anarchist, or communist, in a world dominated by capitalism. Sorry once again Carlos.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Alex, you live in the United States, among many people that detest Guevara, you attend Miami Dade College, State-Sponsored Community College, you work at a restaurant that serves American food. You are just like so many hypocrites that I have met in my long life. Basically you are like the pampers that you wore a few years back, full of shit.

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

I dont have fantasies, I just dont consider the man a murderer. Did he murder people or order the murdering of people, sure, but so does everyone in a high position of military or in his case, a revolution. By your standards, every US president is a murderer, and the revolutionaries of 1776 were also murderers. He held the executions because he saw that in Guatemala President Jacobo Arbenz had allowed political dissidents to roam freely. This led to a coup backed by the CIA to oust Arbenz, and replaced him with a military dictator that would side with American interests. Che witnessed this firsthand and swore he wouldnt allow the same mistakes to be made in Cuba. Unfortunately the new boss (Fidel) would turn out to be exactly like the old boss, except under the banner of a different cause. Cuba, China, and North Korea are all hypocrisies indeed. but you must admit, so is the US. We preech freedom, liberty, and justice yet our elections might as well be rigged, liberty is mainly granted to the financially privileged, and justice is something rarely seen. Now, I'd rather be here any day than the three countries you named (though I really do want to visit Cuba), but just because there are other places that are worse doesn't mean we can forget about our own wrong doings (I'm not accusing you of that by the way, it is simply just a statement).

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

pfffffttt... Idealism is a bitch when faced with reality

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

@Samir thats a stupid comment. I would live elsewhere if I had the money too. it's not cheap to just get up, leave and start a new life lol Also why would I just get up and leave my family? It's funny how people who love this so called "land of the free" are the first people to tell those they don't agree with to leave. and @Carlos I wouldn't be surprised if I did have a record on my position regarding the US considering the mass surveillance being done by the NSA. and yes I have read extensively about Guevara and had family who lived there. He murdered three of your school mates and Batista wiped out entire villages of peasants living in the Sierra Maestra through bombing campaigns and a sort of "scorched earth policy." The man hung people in the streets in broad daylight only for being suspected of being a rebel. But I don't hear you complain about Batista? Why is that? and how is it hypocritical to live in a country that I dont agree with? That is probably the stupid most illogical statement I've ever heard. "Thomas Jefferson should have just moved somewhere else since he didn't agree with the British Parliament. Gosh, him and John Adams are just such hypocrites for choosing to stay!" lol thats what youre argument sounds like when you take me out of it and input two people who stayed in a country they didn't agree with and changed it for the better. What a shame it would be if everyone who ever disagreed with the policies their country had were told to leave because it was "hypocritical" of them to stay. How little the world would progress. Also it seems rather hypocritical of you to dislike Fidel but yet sound exactly like him. You both dont like people in your country that dont agree with you. I can feel however I want, it's "the land of the free" isnt it? Or is it "the land of people who should agree with the status quo or get out"? The United States obviously didnt ask for me to be born here, no country asks for anyone to be born anywhere. I happened to be born here and my family happens to live here and it would be absurd to leave them for my political beliefs. Another stupid statement of yours. And this conversation is about Che not Cuba. I don't like Fidel. And honestly I would probably fit better in Cuba than here but like I said I'm not just gonna leave my family and my friends behind. So once again you've made a stupid statement.

John Pearson
John Pearson

Let's just forget anyone that has done bad in the world. Hitler, Pol Pot, Bébé Doc, etc and everyone take their happy pills. All is good in the world.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Alex, do you have a record on this position regarding the United States? Have you been detained or have suffered expulsion hearings from any University. Or is it just a rant as you claim? Where did you or do you get this information about Guevara? Did you read it, heard about because it contradicts what I lived and experienced about Guevara. It is a fact that he murdered three of my school mates that were against the closing of our private school. Regardless, what you have voice here is vehemence against the Country that you live in or at, and it is very hypocritical for you to feel as you do and remain living in its territory. Have you thought of of residing, moving to Cuba? I am sure that the United States did not ask you to come here and what you voice is like going to a dinner party, uninvited, and start complaining about food. Move man, be true to your beliefs.

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

And The US has committed crimes against humanity far worse than Che could have ever imagined. And on top of that, Batista, who was ousted by Fidel, was backed by the US and committed executions by firing squad, hung suspected rebels in the streets in broad daylight, and had police death squads roaming the streets searching for suspected rebels. But yea Che was really an awful guy for doing exactly what is done in all revolutions. And if people did their research they'd see that they held revolutionary tribunals that Che presided over himself and made sure they were as fair as possible. Not everyone was executed, only those who committed the worst of crimes like torture, rape, murder, desertion, or treason (crimes that are always punishable by death in a revolution), many other people were simply given jail sentences or allowed to leave the country. The US sponsored dictators all throughout South and Central America causing untold suffering for those people. Let us never forget that. Sorry for this long rant but people like her piss me off. Everything she criticizes Che for, the CIA, FBI, and US military have done ten fold.

Alex Barrientos
Alex Barrientos

Anyone who knows anything about Che knows he is one of the most important figures of the 20th century and is still important today. His memory should always be preserved

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

It does not make sense either. It is like pregnancy to a woman, she is either pregnant or not.......not a little bit or a lot but either or.

Kristofer Jesus Castellar
Kristofer Jesus Castellar

Talks about Che Guevara as a murder, But supports Palestinian Genocide at the hands of Israel ..... Geez, that makes sense. Sure her last name isn't Castro?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@Alex Barrientos You must be one of them Che t-shirt wearing hipsters

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