World: Che: A Myth Embalmed in a Matrix of Ignorance

MOMENTS before Che Guevara was executed by Bolivian troopers in a remote Andean village in 1967, he was asked if he was thinking about his own immortality. "No," replied Che, "I'm thinking about the immortality of the revolution." On the anniversary of his death three years ago this week, it is clear that the asthmatic. Argentine-born M.D. has become a far more vibrant memory than any of the causes he pursued.

"Che lives!" is the slogan for a generation of restless students and budding revolutionaries the world over. The Black Panthers, who occasionally style...

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