Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Remembering Che

Today is the 78th anniversary of the birth of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the great guerilla leader. Che began his life as an Argentinian doctor who traveled South America giving care to the poor. After seeing the destitute situations that so many Latin Americanss suffered, Che became convinced that the only remedy to poverty was revolution. He soon became part of the Cuban Revolution and the liberation of Latin America. On October 9th, 1967 he was shot by U.S. operatives in La Higuera, Bolivia.

"I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves." - Che Guevara

Today, Bolivia's socialist President Evo Morales is celebrating Che's legacy. In order to commemorate Guevara, Morales will be outfitting the La Higuera hospital where Che's body was displayed after his death new medical equipment. Morales also opened a new literacy center in the city which was donated by Cuba.

"Che was the most complete human being of our age." - Jean-Paul Sartre