All I got was this bloody T-shirt

Blood & Treasure: el furibundo
..all this stuff about whether Guevara's morally fit to be thought of as a hero is entirely beside the point. Heroes are part of a mythological mindset and any cursory glance at Odysseus, Beowulf, or Egil shows that they can be very nasty pieces of work. It’s necessary for any hero’s life to end in tragedy as a precursor to apotheosis, and tragedy is only possible if the hero has massive human flaws...

Conforming to pattern, a hero also has to do other things: journey across the sea, slay monsters etc. Guevara fit the plan exactly. It’s part of the Kennedy mythos too (think Khrushchev as Grendel), and he was probably responsible for more deaths.

I wanted to post something on Guevara and the so called moral dilemmas we all apparently face about whether to hang that poster or wear that T-shirt (as if) but I'm tired and my gums still hurt from the extractions so I was chuffed to see this piece by Jamie on Che. Also worth a read is Robert Scheer's Truthdig piece, 'The Martyring of Che Guevara':
These days, few politicians in the United States even seem to care about the subversive Cuban influences in our own backyard that once haunted them. The embargo on Cuba remains to mollify Florida’s aging Cuban community, but what’s important to Washington today is Mideast oil, not protecting the peasants of Bolivia from the likes of Che Guevara.

On Monday, Che’s death was marked, in the Bolivian village where he was killed, by Bolivian President Evo Morales, who proclaimed his movement “100 percent Guevarist and socialist,” which hardly registers as a propaganda success story for those favoring CIA assassinations. They turned a failed—and flawed—guerrilla fighter into an enduring symbol of resistance to oppression.