Mercedes-Benz: The car for people who admire mass-murdering racist totalitarian thugs

January 19, 2012

(Volokh) Mercedes-Benz’s latest marketing ploy is to associate itself with Che Guevera. Over at the Huffington Post, Michael Gonzalez (Heritage Foundation) supplies the details.
It’s not surprising that a corporation which is currently pro-Che was pro-Hitler, far more so than many other German businesses during the Third Reich. As recounted in Cecil Adams’ “The Straight Dope”:

Daimler-Benz . . . avidly supported Nazism and in return received arms contracts and tax breaks that enabled it to become one of the world’s leading industrial concerns. (Between 1932 and 1940 production grew by 830 percent.) During the war the company used thousands of slaves and forced laborers including Jews, foreigners, and POWs. According to historian Bernard Bellon (Mercedes in Peace and War, 1990), at least eight Jews were murdered by DB managers or SS men at a plant in occupied Poland.

UPDATE: Regarding Eugene’s post, immediately above. My own view would be that a corporation is a collection of individuals (and, I agree with him, therefore entitled to free speech and other constitutional rights); in the same sense, a human body is a collection of cells. Over time, all of the individuals in a corporation may change; likewise, the collection of cells that constitute “David Kopel” is today very different from the collection that constituted “David Kopel” 45 years ago. Yet the corporate body, like the human body, has a continuing existence as the same entity. (That’s one of the benefits of incorporation.) Corporations sometimes have cultures or other enduring traits that distinguish them even while their individual members may be replaced. It would be accurate to say that Yale Law School is a corporation that places far higher value of scholarly prestige than on teaching ability, and this was true not only today, but also 40 years ago, even though the Yale faculty is now entirely different. (Yes, to be precise, Yale Law School is just a unit within the larger corporation of Yale University.) None of the original personnel at National Review magazine are still there, but one can find many similarities between the corporate culture and mission of NR in 1955 and 2011. That the various corporations of the Ivy League schools discriminated against Jews in the 1920s is, in my view, of some relevance in understanding their current discrimination against Asians. That Mercedes-Benz was, compared to other German corporations, unusually supportive to Hitler then, and is similarly unusual (compared to other German corporations) in its attitude towards Che today, suggests that the corporation may lack an internal self-regulator which recognizes the wrongfulness of extolling totalitarian thugs.

Something rotten in Sweden – Op-ed: While world seeks to defeat terror, Stockholm welcomes notorious terrorist into country

June 10, 2011
The taxpayers of Sweden have just funded a visit to their country of

‘Palestinian’ terrorist Leila Khaled….

Sweden’s contribution to the question of how to deal with terrorism was to provide a welcome mat – in the form of a taxpayer-funded lecture tour – for the notorious Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) airplane hijacker, Leila Khaled.

On the Iranian front, Bildt distinguished himself as one of the EU leaders most opposed to increased sanctions against Tehran. The very same diplomat rushed to Istanbul in June 2010 to personally greet and have his picture taken with Swedish participants in the infamous Turkish Gaza Flotilla.
If Sweden is serious about opposing terrorism and promoting Mideast peace, it must reveal the circumstances behind Leila Khalid’s entry and departure from Swedish and EU Territory and who approved the allocation of taxpayers’ funds for a woman who stands for everything Osama Bin Laden lived and died for.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Daniel Schatz is a Visiting Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and is an expert on European and Scandinavian Politics

via YNetNews and Israel Matzav

Only in the land of Carl Bildt could they have come up with something like this: A Swedish television report blames the Jews for both 9/11 and the Holocaust.

Photo credit: and An Interview via and via

Leila Khaled marching with other PFLP leaders in the Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon during a demonstration marking the 40th anniversary of the PFLP, 9 December 2007.

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Che Guevara’s Motorcycle Diaries Granado Dies

March 6, 2011
Alberto Granado met Che Guevara when the two were children
Alberto Granado in Havana, Cuba - 3 October 2007
Alberto Granado, the motorcycle companion of Ernesto Che Guevara, has died in Cuba at the age of 88.

The pair’s eight-month journey around Latin America was immortalised in the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries.
The journey, begun in 1951, exposed the two medical students to deep poverty and social injustice and awoke Guevara’s revolutionary convictions.
After helping Fidel Castro overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, Guevara invited Granado to Cuba.
Cuban state media said he died of natural causes in Havana.
After arriving in Cuba in 1961, Granado taught biochemistry at Havana University.
His body is to be cremated and according to his wishes, the ashes are to be spread in Cuba, Argentina and Venezuela, Cuban television said.
Granado was born in Cordoba, Argentina, on 8 August 1922 and met Guevara as a child.
The film of their travels around Latin America on the motorcycle they called La Poderosa – The Powerful – was based on diaries both men kept.
Che Guevara was killed in Bolivia in 1967 as he tried to lead a revolution there.
In the 2004 film, Granado was played by Argentine actor Rodrigo De la Serna. Gael Garcia Bernal played Che.

I wonder if he was as much a bigot as Che was?
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Ernesto Che Guevara

October 25, 2010

The Left have been talking for decades about the CIA operation to assassinate Che. My parents spoke of the murder of Che as being one of the great disgraces of the United States… even though my mother was apparently friends with or was dating one of Che’s assassins. Regardless my leftist parents have always felt that Che was a hero and this is reflected by Hollywood and the media. It is a lie and a myth. I am sorry to say I grew up thinking of Guevara as a freedom fighter myself.

Here are some lovely Che quotes that my Leftist mother failed to tell me about:

We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.

The Negro is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.

Mexicans are a band of illiterate Indians.

Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn

Increasingly, one hopes, Che’s image is becoming openly mocked as the ugly reality of his life outlasts the shiny revolutionary veneer. As Alvaro Vargas Llosa reported five years ago, young Argentines have taken to sporting shirts emblazoned with the putdown, “I have a Che T-Shirt and I don’t know why.” The Australian band The Clap sings of the “Che Guevara T-Shirt Wearer” who has “no idea” of who he is. The Cuban punk band, Porno para Ricardo, which has been arrested for “social dangerousness,” openly declaims the Castro regime and its heroes such as Guevara.

Karl Marx, of all people, once remarked that history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. Marx argued that history was the key to understanding the real world, and history is certainly no friend to Che Guevara. If his younger admirers study the historical Che–the one reputed to have declared “I feel my nostrils dilate savoring the acrid smell of gunpowder and blood of the enemy”–they will understand that Che’s original influence was indeed tragic, not just for Cubans but for many others as well. And they just might skip the farce phase, out of deference to the many victims of the butcher of La Cabaña

…I want to see more evidence before I am convinced that Che worship is really declining. Che wasn’t that important in and of himself. He was a second-rate functionary in a second-rate communist regime and later a fourth-rate guerrilla leader and terrorist who failed dismally in his efforts to spread communism beyond Cuba. Had Che never lived, Cuban communism would have been only marginally less oppressive than it actually was. Ultimately, the Cult of Che is deplorable less because of what it says about attitudes towards him than because it is the most blatant manifestation of our much broader tendency to ignore or downplay communist crimes.

How did he, a monstrous mass murderer, responsible for the blood curdling murders of thousands of teenagers, women and men, become a popular cultural figure embraced by the t-shirt industry, college students and hollywood directors? It’s not like we walk around proclaiming Charles Manson a brilliant & kind revolutionary. There must be some machiavellian backdrop. Because this seems like an Alice in Wonderland upside- down world where we celebrate a cold-blooded killer.
On Tuesday Benicio del Toro, who plays Che in Soderbergh’s new movie walked out during an interview because he was “uncomfortable” with the questions. He dedicated his Cannes award to Guevara.

I first noticed this cultural phenomenan when my step-son started using “Che” as his pen name on the internet. Then Gisele Bundchen catwalked in a “Che bikini”, & suddenly everyone under 21 was wearing a Che Guevera t-shirt. Taco Bell dressed up its Chihuahua spokesdog like Che for its “Taco Revolution” ads and now Steven Soderbergh comes out with his Che Guevara movie.
Beloved revolutionary? Or serial killer?
Myth #1: He was an “intellectual”.
Fact: One of the first acts Guevara is known for when he first came to Havana is a massive book burning. Then he signed death warrants for the authors and had them hunted down. He jailed or exiled most of Cuba’s best filmmakers, poets and writers. In the mid-60’s, thousands of “effeminate” teenagers were taken by force and dumped into prison camps he helped create where the logo read: “Work will make men out of you.”

Myth #2: He was for the “people”.
Fact: Guevara said he “manufactured evidence” and went on to say “I don’t need proof to execute a man…I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him.” When he addressed the U.N. in New York in 1964 he proclaimed, “Certainly we execute. And we will continue to execute as long as it is necessary.” And he received applause for this. According to the Black Book of Communism, the revolution’s firing squad executions, which he started, reached 14,000 by the beginning of the 1970’s. The people’s crimes? Being anti-Stalinist or being a practicing catholic, among others. He loved and promoted Stalinism, which of course was itself responsible for between 3.5 & 60 million deaths.
Myth #3: He was a Counter-Revolutionary just like U.S. 60’s Hippies.
Fact: Che Guevara was anti-rock & roll, making it illegal to own a rock record, to listen to rock music or god forbid! actually play rock music. Che’s own grandson, Canek Sanchez Guevara fled Cuba and lives in Mexico. He’s a heavy metal rock guitarist and in an interview with Mexico’s Proceso magazine said, “In Cuba freedom is nonexistent. The regime demands submission and obedience…the regime persecutes hippies, homosexuals, free-thinkers and poets. They employ constant surveillance, control and repression.” He was one of the lucky ones; he got out alive. Although he blames Fidel for the repressive regime, it was his grandfather who helped create it.

Che was such a visionary, he helped create the notorious peligrosidad predelictiva law (“dangerousness likely to leading to crime”); which predated Tom Cruises’ job in the movie “Minority Report”. Like Minority Report, where a special police department called “Precrime” apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by 3 psychics before any crime is actually committed; all you have to be arrested for in Cuba is your likelihood to commit a crime. Beaten, torture, labor camps, death.
And the machiavellian backdrop? The American media and hollywood who have chosen to set Che in the light of a ‘benign revolutionary’ have relied solely on diaries that he wrote and the memories of his co-thugs. The diaries went through Fidel Castro’s propaganda machine and came out the other side with very little reality, and a whole lot of fiction.

And what of the hundreds of survivors and witnesses of this genocidal regime created by Che and Fidel, who mostly live in Florida, having fled the Marxist-Communist nation? They have been ignored in favor of this sanitized version of reality approved by Cuba’s dictator. They stand ready as witnesses to tell their story. Time magazine has never come knocking. Neither did Soderbergh.
Post-script: An estimated 80,000 Cubans have died trying to flee Cuba by boat, rafts, makeshift anythings that might get them to the shores of the United States of America. They’ve died by drowning, sharks and exposure.

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Che’s Daughter Embraces Islamists in Common Struggle

October 25, 2010

Che Guevara was a bigot, a racist and a Homophobe. This isn’t shocking at all… just amusing to imagine a chubby Che running around endorsing the Jihad.

(Rubin Reports) Dr. Aleida Guevara, daughter of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, visited Lebanon recently and voiced support for Hizballah.
Guevara, who works at a children’s hospital in Havana , laid a wreath at the tomb of Hizballah leader Abbas Al-Musawi

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