Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara inflicted innumerable atrocities on the people of Cuba and yet many still proudly hold him up as a symbol of resistance and a hero for the poor and downtrodden. In reality, he was a brutal murderer and torturer who, established Cuba’s concentration camp system, and earned the nickname, ‘The Butcher of La Cabana.’
Those who defend Guevara and other communist thugs often say that it wasn’t ‘real’ communism — an absurd remark that we can examine another day.
But there is another, more sinister reason why some defend murderous, communist dictators. Communists believe in a utopian vision of the world. They believe a new world order — where wealth is distributed equally, and poverty does not exist — can and should be attained.
And when you believe in utopia you can easily justify the suffering and deaths of millions… if the ends are grand enough, some feel they can justify any means.
The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm, when asked if the 15 or 20 million people who died during Stalin’s terror would have been worthwhile if it heralded a new world order, answered in the affirmative.
Meanwhile, a sign at the Soviet Union’s first concentration camp in the Solovetzky Islands chillingly read: “With an Iron Fist, We Will Lead Humanity to Happiness.”
For communists, there is no amount of death or suffering that is too much in pursuit of their aims. On the contrary, they believe it is their duty to impose their will onto humanity — their actions cannot be seen as unjust because they are the Marxist vanguard who will impose the next stage of history.
As Trotsky said of Stalin: “Under all conditions, well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points.”