Che Lives – in Photos

May 4, 2011

In the 1960’s, the most notorious anti-American agitator (he would be called a terrorist, these days) was an Argentine guerrilla leader whose vocation was sowing the seeds of revolution among the countries of Central and South America.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara was such a perceived threat to the USA that the CIA helped the Bolivian military track him and kill him.  And then released scores of photos of his demise, including the one above.

And “Che Lives” became the rallying cry for revolutionaries around the world.

Now Che is more remembered for adorning millions of tee shirts and ironically becoming a symbolic part of the very same consumer culture he despised.

But back in the day, he evolved into an international legend and inspiration for those who were doing their best to undermine the American way. His grave is a shrine in Cuba.

Which leads me to the reason the Obama administration should NOT release any photographs of Osama Bin Laden.

We understand in the crush of war – and frequently at other times – the government lies (either knowingly or unknowingly)  and acts as if the lies are truth, until they are both are indistinguishable.

In the killing of OBL, a fabricated time-line has been released. It has been modified. It will be modified again.  And why does that matter to anyone? Citizens in every country, everywhere are accustomed to “Truths of Convenience.”

Remember, George Bush said we had conclusive photographic proof there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that was our excuse for a war from which we still have not been able to extricate ourselves, even after ruining our economy by dumping trillions of dollars down that toilet and ruining thousands of lives at home and abroad. The photos were wrong. Bush was wrong. Our intelligence community was wrong. But none of that mattered.  We still went to war.

And during that war the story of the death of Pat Tillman, the NFL football hero and enlistee, actually killed by friendly fire – was spun for the American people so he was made into a pretend hero and awarded medals and accolades by his military superiors even though they knew the real story. America needed a hero to distract us, and we had one in Pat.

Leaders since the beginning of time know that disappearing your enemies is the most effective way of dealing with them. No accounting. No timeline.

No photos of OBL dead should be released – ever.

Photos won’t silence critics and conspiracy theorists.

They will inflame passions around the world.

If OBL is alive, he will surface and embarrass the apparatus of the US Government who maintain he is dead.

And, by the way, what is with American media publishing photos of OBL on the front pages of all of our media that look like Public Relations photos – what about using freeze frames of videos where he denounces the US, and looks like the villain and murderer he was.

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