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on 7 June 2016
Considering the murderous international chicanery it describes over a 20 year period it seems almost indecent to say I enjoyed it. I do not think it can be accused of right or left-wing bias as he has a go at just about everybody confirming the words of the Pirate King in the “Pirates of Penzance”. When accused of being a murderous cutthroat he in effect replies “There’s many King on the first class throne has to do a lot worse than cut throats if he wants to keep his throne so I will stick to piracy thank you."
He is particularly scathing about the British action in Kenya and the attitude of the settlers who were apparently loathed as arrogant upstarts by just about everyone up to and including Winston Churchill. He notes that the number of settlers murdered was less than those killed in road accidents this is not particularly relevant. It is one thing to have a friend or family member killed in a road accident and quite another to have to watch ones children chopped to pieces from the feet upwards or ones women staked out and raped to death. No mention that more Africans suffered at the hands of the Mau Mau than European settlers.
As someone who lived through the Che Guevara era he confirms that he was as arrogant and incompetent as one gets and completely wrecked the Cuban economy. He notes he ordered a Cuban industrialist to turn over his property or have his sons shot causing the man to commit suicide. Not surprising then that one of the mans sons was a leading member of the CIA team that finished him off.
Against all local advice he took himself off to Africa to push his brand of revolution among people who believed magic water was proof against bullets and would not dig foxholes as it would disturb the spirits of the dead.. Eventually he came back to Bolivia and into America's backyard where a properly trained and equipped army made short work of him.
Lesson - arrogance and incompetence in every area of government is no bar to being a model for idealists and a revolutionary hero.