El verdadero Che Guevara

PARIS – La historia, cuando es contada por Hollywood, a menudo carece de sentido, pero por lo general los creadores de películas tienen el sentido común de no mostrar bajo una luz amable a los asesinos y los sádicos. Sin embargo, la nueva película de Steven Soderbergh hace eso, y más.

El Che como romántico revolucionario, tal como lo representa Benicio del Toro en la película de Soderbergh, nunca existió. Ese héroe de la izquierda, con su aire hippie y su barba, imagen que hoy es icónica de las remeras y taza de café de todo el mundo, es un mito creado por los propagandistas de Fidel Castro, una especie de cruza entre Don Quijote y Robin Hood.

Al igual que esas historias, el mito del Che tiene una similitud superficial con los hechos históricos, pero la historia real es mucho más oscura. Algún Robin Hood probablemente cometió actos violentos contra los ricos y, para cubrir sus rastros, dio a los pobres parte del botín. En la España medieval, probablemente había caballeros parecidos al Quijote cabalgando por las sendas del reino, librándolo no de dragones, sino de los pocos musulmanes que quedaban.

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