Comandante Che: Guerrilla Soldier, Commander, and by Paul J. Dosal

By Paul J. Dosal

I cherished the aspect. in spite of the fact that, it should appear that the writer has now not sought out adequate resources and quite simply and much too absolutely accepts the Che's bills of the activities. hence, the Che's machinations and betrayals of fellow rebels are missed. Minor insurgent figures reminiscent of Rene Cuervo and the Mexican will not be given credits, the contributions of escopeteros and the city warring parties should not rather said. Contributions of significant figures corresponding to Huber Matos are it seems that minimized. The Che's withdrawal and abandonment to his loss of life of René Ramos Latour is passed over. The impact of communist betrayal on non communist contributors of M-26-7 and different anti-Batista organisations will not be taken into consideration. it'll were a much more fascinating, yet much less flattering booklet if the Che's devious and ruthless plots to arrive strength and take away competitors have been sincerely mentioned.

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34 When Ernesto arrived in San José, President José “Pepe” Figueres, leader of Costa Rica’s “revolution” of 1948, had abolished the army and national31. Che to father, October 4, 1953; Che to mother, October 21, 1953, both in Guevara Lynch, Aquí va un soldado, 25–27. 32. On the history of United Fruit in Central America, see Dosal, Doing Business with the Dictators; Chomsky, West Indian Workers; Ernesto to Aunt Beatriz, December 10, 1953, in Guevara Lynch, Aquí va un soldado, 29. 33. Ernesto to mother, October 21, 1953, in Guevara Lynch, Aquí va un soldado, 26–27; Rojo, My Friend Che, 39–40.

Every asthma attack he suffered as a child produced a sensation of drowning or suffocating. At an early age he had learned not to fear death. Death might even be liberating, but he did not want to suffer an ignoble end. He developed a stubborn determination to die on his own terms, fighting for a cause. A poem he wrote on January 17, 1947, at least five years before he wrote “Notes on the Margin” expressed the same commitment to die on the battlefield. “The bullets, what can the bullets do to me if / my destiny is to die by drowning.

31 Batista called off the pursuit on December 13, having concluded that Castro had been killed and his army crushed. Batista withdrew his combat units from the Sierra Maestra and canceled aerial surveillance, leaving a path to the sierra open to any rebel fortunate enough to have eluded army patrols for eight days. Nevertheless, if Fidel Castro had continued to pursue the same strategy and tactics that had led his men directly into an army ambush just three days after their arrival, Batista’s army would have crushed him.

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