Che Guevara was a revolutionary icon in the mid 60’s. He’s still remembered today as a rebel, a hero and even a God. We can debate over whether his actions are commendable or not but his death, which is still considered one of the most brutal murders of all time, raises many questions. For one, what would the world be like if Che were alive now? Here’s a list of 10 things that might have been different.
10. An Icon to Fear
Were he alive now, the Guerrilla Warfare commander might have been a household name to fear. Not only were his views closed off, difficult to swallow and downright inhumane, his actions were even worse. His lack of respect for life would have been a hot topic at the U.N., had it ever reached a point where his actions could actually shape the outcome of the world.
9. Cuban Revolution
Che and Fidel Castro paired up in the 60’s to bring about the Cuban Revolution. He was pro freedom and assembled troops under his Guerrilla banner to create an army strong enough to overturn the then Cuban Government in an act of Treason. Such was his passion for freedom that he wanted to spread his beliefs onto other neighbouring countries like Bolivia. But for sure, Cuba would have been a much more powerful and dominant force to reckon with, not to mention reckless.
8. Nuclear Wars
Had Che still been around, he might have sparked a nuclear war which would have led to the destruction of half the entire World. Che was known to train his troops in combat and import Soviet grade nuclear missiles, which he used during the Cuban missile crisis way back in 1962. I guess that’s a huge positive to take away from his death. As it is, the world is on the brink of another War. We wouldn’t want anyone accidentally setting it off.
7. Heavy Terrorism in the United States
Che rebelled against the Bolivian Government because they were pro U.S. This was a well-known fact and he believed that countries should be independent and free, away from control by larger nations. Since the U.S. keep feeding militia and weapons to Bolivia, he took it upon himself to rebel against them. He’d have probably given the order to assault the U.S. head on, which the country doesn’t really need after the recent acts of terrorism it’s suffered.
6. Rule as a Dictator
Che coupled his efforts with Fidel Castro and became his second in charge. Had he lived on to see his vision come true, he would have become a tyrannous dictator of several countries in South America. And it’s funny to think that the very think he was fighting against was what he’d eventually turn into. But the fact is, Castro exercises his power and so did Che, to an unmentionable level.
5. Mass Massacres
Che was infamous for his lack of conscience. When he was put in charge of the La Cabana Fortress in 1959, he killed between 150 and 550 people because they rebelled against him. As I’d mentioned before, his views were ugly and cruel. Had he been alive today, he’d have killed every single person who either rebelled, spoke out or acted against his wished.
4. Rise of South America as a Super Power
Having been born in Argentina, Che’s roots run deep in South America. His father even mentioned, the day he was born, that people should beware the rebel’s blood that flows in his veins. And it’s true, to such an extent that South America might have paired up with either Russia or China against the United States and in the process, become a superpower. Imagine him sitting in the U.N. conferences.
3. Improved Literacy Rates
Okay, let’s focus away from the negatives for a moment. Che graduated as a doctor, was very passionate about poetry, literature and art. He was a geek, so to as, as a kid and had no problems displaying that. I believe that he’d have helped educate people and raise the literacy of the people. It’s hard to see this as a silver lining but what he was is what would have propagated.
2. A Symbol of Resistance
What we’re seeing from Israel and Gaza today might have been on a totally different level of insane had he still been here. He’d have fought tooth and nail for the freedom of the oppressed. Eventually, more than he is now, he’d have become a symbol of tyranny, rebellion and extremism. People would have taken to arms and started rebelling all over the world. His face is printed on several t-shirts todayto remind the world of this incredible man.
1. Desecration of the CIA
If you dig a little deep, you’ll find out that it was in-fact the U.S. and specifically the CIA who captured, killed and mutilated his body. They cut off his hands and tried to make his fatal wounds look like war injuries. Had he been alive, it would mean that the CIA’s efforts to stop him would have failed. And if he’d got wind of this knowledge, with the power of Fidel Castro by his side, he’d have launched an all-out assault against the U.S. and specifically targeted the CIA agents who’d attempted to kill him. I doubt there would even be a CIA had he lived to tell the tale. Such is the power, fear and respect that he commanded and still continues to command today.