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Colo. College guest Donald Gregg: the man who hired the man who killed Che

He administered OPERATION PHOENIX during the Vietnam War, the CIA counterinsurgency operation which sought to pacify Vietnam with the targeted assassination of thousands of potential insurgents. For Vice President George H. W. Bush's office, he coordinated the funding of the illegal US covert war against Central America, aka, the IRAN-CONTRA scandal. Yes, he supervised both Felix Rodriguez and Luis Posada, each of CIA-state-sponsored-terrorism fame. But Colorado College introduced Donald P. Gregg only as former national security adviser and ambassador to Korea. And CC gave Gregg an honorary degree -- with not a peep from the know-nothings they laud as their exemplary students. 23604

Che lives in the Florence Supermax

Thursday Oct 8 is Cuba's Day of the Heroic Guerrilla. By a brilliant coincidence perhaps, Colorado Springs is currently plastered with fliers of the heroic guerrilla himself, smiling from the windows of the least likely businesses, courtesy of the Smokebrush Gallery's current exhibit. The sketch of Che is by artist/poet Antonio Guerrero, member of the Cuban 5 and inmate 58741-004 of the Florence Supermax. Che's image has been successfully trivialized as a commercial icon, thanks to the Gap et al, but when Che jumps off the T-shirt, in the incarnation of Hugo Chavez or Evo Morales, the revolution lives.

Misery, poverty, unemployment are growing, and global capitalism is largely to blame

"Misery, poverty, unemployment are growing, and global capitalism is largely to blame," Chavez said in a convention center before 10,000 of the estimated 100,000 people gathered at the World Social Forum held in Belem, Brazil. Earlier in the day, advocates for landless Brazilians gathered in a sweltering gymnasium and roared in approval as Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa belted out the Cuban classic "Comandante Che Guevara." South American leaders came together at the anti-Davos forum with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Bolivia's Evo Morales and Paraguay's Fernando Lugo joining Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on stage at the very large gathering of those opposed to the ravages of international capitalism in South America and elsewhere. 6259

Che, The Internationalist

Che Guevara lives on in the victory of his ideals over those of his adversaries. Che was an internationalist appalled by the poverty that the US Empire and its capitalism had delivered to the common people across the Americas and on other continents like Africa. 2016

Masked crusader of illiterary legend

All Pikes Peak Reads has chosen this year's library recommendation: ZORRO! Did you know that was a work of literature? Dumas, you think? R.L.S.? This choice follows To Kill a Mockingbird, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, and Alice in Wonderland. All accessible to younger readers to be sure, and literary to boot. I have no argument with Isabel Allende's Zorro [prequel], to entice the participation of Pikes Peak area adults, but what for the children? Charles Lamb? Harold Lamb? Did Zorro capture their prolific imagination? No, the kids get to read not the Legend of Zorro, but ABOUT the legend of Zorro. Great, so it's not literature, at least it's history. Is it? 1970

Dishonest scholarship and street justice

Somebody's written a new biography of Che Guevara, painting him as the father of modern terrorism. How silly. Did Boeing father 9/11? It seems a perverse sacrilege I don't want to abide. Shall we say Gandhi was the father of couch potatoes? George H.W. Bush fathered a bastard. 1658

Evo Morales leads Bolivia out of US orbit

The Miami Herald has just published an interesting interview with Evo Morales, Bolivia's new president, and it looks like Che Guevarra might have succeeded after all. 1061

Time Magazine banality of puff

Time magazine supports our troops. Even when they’re accused of wholesale slaughter, particularly the door to door execution of men women and children in Hadytha Iraq.

The ran a profile on one of the accused, a doe-eyed innocent, Sargeant X, who was speaking out “for the very first time.”

Here comes Hurricane Che

Google it. "Ernesto." See what you get: Ernesto the hurricane and Ernesto Che Guevara. This season's brightest prospect for an action weather spectacular has been given a decidedly un-American name.   To me it's reminiscent of the 2004 season when the National Weather Service would not conceal its election year partisanship. The 2004 hurricane names alluded to three countries which led the opposition to our planned Iraq invasion. Frances, Ivan, Karl. Not to say anything about last year's villain, invoking a perennial nemesis, "Katrina."   It's coincidence no doubt, but as Hurricane Ernesto was downgraded to a Tropical Depression, Jeb Bush still kept Florida in a state of emergency because as he said, "a hurricane is a hurricane." Doesn't it sound like he's talking about a commie? 305

Zarqawi character killed off

US military press liasons have decided to claim some headway in Iraq by discontinuing the Abu Musab al ZarqawiTM character.   The world first heard of al-Zarqawi when Nicholas Berg was beheaded in a widely circulated video which coincided with the emergence of the Abu Ghraib photos. Although the video appeared to conceal western soldiers disguised as hooded Islamic militants, US spokesmen insisted the principle sword-bearer among them was "Zarqawi," head of al Qaeda In Iraq. To this day, most Iraqis do not believe there was any AQII, nor that it might be lead by any "Zarqawi," unless of course it exists as an American fabrication. 229

The Axis of Evil

The alliance of Chavez, Morales and Castro is not surprising. It is the South American revolution which Castro and Guevarra hoped to ignite 45 years ago. Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba are united by purpose and philosophy, reclaiming power for the common people, emerging from colonial oppression under which they have suffered since the arrival of the Spanish 500 years ago. 128

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