2017 was a great year for terrorists hitting the jackpot. In July, Canada’s homegrown jihadi Omar Khadr received a $10.5M pay cheque and public apology and now, Ireland has released a postage stamp honouring Che Guevara.
So what’s the deal with honouring an Argentinean-born Marxist-guerilla who terrorized Cuba?
The ostensible policy reason is that Che’s father was a civil engineer of Irish descent. In 1969, Papa Guevara told an interviewer, “The first thing to note is that in my son’s veins flowed the blood of Irish rebels.”
The other Irish connection is the iconic image of Che seen on campuses around the planet was created by Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick.
Most kids who wear those Che shirts have no idea who he was or what he stood for. Anyone who has studied history knows Che was actually a cowardly murderer.
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Havana-born Cuban who represents the Miami area, slammed the Irish stamp as being “a grotesque insult to the many lives he slaughtered.”
Whatever happened to the days of putting heroes on postage stamps as opposed to thugs?