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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Most O.T.T. Che Guevara analogy of the week Award

And the winner a distance- Simon Heffer in today's Daily Telegraph.

"To wear a T-shirt with his (Che's) image on it has also seemed to me like wearing one with a picture of Hitler on it: although there is more evidence for Che's psychopathic tendencies even than of those of the Führer."

Yes, Simon is comparing a man, who even if we accept the figures of his critics, was guilty of the summary execution of "hundreds" of former supporters of the Batista regime, with a man who started a world war in which 72 million people lost their lives.


diarmuid said...

That's not a patch on Heffer's most deranged Nazi analogy, though - when asked last year whether he'd bothered to actually watch Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley before fulminating against it, he replied:

"No, I haven't seen it, any more than I need to read Mein Kampf to know what a louse Hitler was."

diarmuid said...

That said, Che Guevara was a thoroughly unpleasant piece of work, and I'm baffled by his canonisation by people who should know better.

It just goes to show that image is everything - if that photo hadn't been taken, where would his reputation have ended up.

diarmuid said...

What happened to my first comment?

Neil Clark said...

Nothing. I published it as soon as I got it.

diarmuid said...

I mean the one about Simon Heffer comparing Ken Loach to Hitler.

Neil Clark said...

My mistake diarmuid- I didn't see it, I thought it just confirmation that your comment on another thread had been published.
great comment, btw. I had missed Heffer on Loach.

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