Revolutionary Thoughts <ul><li>Che Guevara believed in fighting for what is right. He is concerned with the low economic state of Cuba. Twenty percent of Cubans are permanently unemployed. One and a half percent of landowners control forty-six percent of the land in Cuba. Half of the population has no electricity and only half of it lives in a shack. Thirty-six percent of the people living in Cuba cannot read or write. A country which cannot read or write is one which will be easy to deceive. Infant mortality is high. The thugs of the dictatorship gun down people who speak and corrupt officials steal millions from the public treasury, to deposit into American or European banks. All of these are huge in the mind of change of Che. He raises the idea of why should Cuba be paying more to the U.S. than they are to Cuba, when the U.S. is already the most developed country in the world. </li></ul>
Revolutionary Thoughts <ul><li>Che will do everything it takes to help change Cuba. He knows that a real revolutionist has to go wherever he is needed. They aren’t fighting at the front of the pack all the time. You may be needed to help people who have been hurt or help find food. In order to have a successful revolution you need to have people around you who are motivated for the cause. Your fighters need to fight with heart. They must know what they are fighting for and why they must fight. They are not just fighting to change which country will rule them but they are fighting to rule themselves. The peasants need to be treated with the same respect as the fighters are. Each person is equal to each other and they should not be used for personal gain. The most important quality behind a revolution is love. You need to have a love for humanity, justice and truth to run a revolution. If you want it to be a real revolution it can not be hidden from the world. </li></ul>
Fighting Strategy and Beliefs <ul><li>Che wants to overpower you with an armed struggle. His method is not to negotiate but to make you surrender. Che believed that execution will be done when execution is needed. The fight of revolution will be a fight to death. He had people brought from Mexico to fight for him in Cuba. The fighters were brought by boat and believed that in Cuba they could succeed at life unlike in Mexico. They patrolled the jungles and found the enemy that way. They formed three columns to walk around in, each column with a different leader. The easy thing to do would be to attack the trucks moving supplies. But if you just take out a truck the government can claim it as an accident. They need to make an impact and take out a barrack. Che’s goal is to make a huge psychological impact. They would surround the barracks and open fire. They need to be one step ahead of the opposition. You need to know exactly what you are doing and what you need to do. You must be a step ahead of the opposition or you will be surrounded. Always have an escape route planned. </li></ul>
Fighting Strategy and Beliefs <ul><li>In order to be in his army one must have a weapon so that they can protect them when attacked. The weak will not survive in his army. Every man must pull his own weight. No one can leave a another soldier on the battlefield, if one leaves his weapon behind he must go back alone and get it and if you fall asleep while you are on guard duty then you will go without food for three days. The line of attack would set up with two columns covering the third column which would be trying to get to a better position. In a town or city you must get to the highest point. That way you can attack from above and take away their advantage. One column will be trying to gain this position while the others are risking their lives to protect them. The main idea is to get the snipers up above. The more people they enter the city with the better the chance they have of overruling the fighters in it and freeing the people within. In a revolution the actions of each individual must disappear and they must come together with the group. A revolution is an individual accepting the challenge and choosing to lead a society as a whole. </li></ul>
Involvement in Wars <ul><li>He was involved in fighting with Fidel Castro against Fulgencio Batista. They took over power of Cuba together. When he decided to leave Cube he went to Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. He helped the conflict occurring in Congo by revealing his Guerrilla warfare strategies. </li></ul>
Effect of his leadership <ul><li>Che Guevara was a very effective revolutionist. He was the power behind the revolution in Cuba. The people in Cuba went crazy every time they seen him. They wanted him to come and free their cities. They supported what Che spoke for. They believed that they deserved to have equal rights and freedoms. Che was treated like a celebrity. Everyone wanted his autograph and wanted a piece of Che. People really wanted to hear what he had to say. At major political meetings when each country got time to speak their opinions from the floor it would all be followed up with Guevara heading up to the podium for his speech; usually followed with standing ovation to his marvellous speeches and great points about freedom and rights. He helped Fidel Castro overthrow Fulgencio Batista who was backed by the U.S. He was so influential that Che was named one of the 100 most influential people in the 20th Century by Time magazine. Che Guevara was a very effective revolutionist. He is a key figure for modern day Cuba. </li></ul>
The End <ul><li>When Che had a Bolivia guerrilla camp set up the CIA came looking for him. He was found. They surrounded him with 1800 soldiers. They wounded him and took him hostage. Two days later he was ordered to be killed by Bolivian President Rene Barrientos, despite the US government wanting him taken to Panama. He was executed by a half-drunken man named Mario Teran. He demanded to be the executioner because he had three friends named “Mario” killed in a firefight against Che’s band of guerrillas. </li></ul>
“ Guerrillero Heroico” Heroic Guerrilla Fighter This Alberto Kordo photo was also claimed the most famous photograph in the world.
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