In response to Kleinfeld
Ian, I was in a park over the weekend and passed a soccer practice. The practicers were about four or five years old. One of the coaches had a Che T-shirt. The kids may well think that the guy on the shirt is pretty special. He was: a specialist in murder and murderous tyranny. I thought, “What a better world it would be if the coach’s T-shirt bore the image of Oscar Biscet.”
Biscet is a Cuban dissident, a democrat, and a great man. George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, when Biscet was in prison. (W. was that kind of president.) There are others — lots of others — you could put on that T-shirt. How about Leopoldo López, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, who is now in prison? He could use the publicity.
I’m pretty sure that the soccer coach doesn’t know any better. He hasn’t a clue who Che was. This August, as I have for many Augusts, I will stay in a guesthouse in Salzburg, which has some of the loveliest people you can imagine. They have a picture of Che on the walls. They haven’t a clue.
Sean Penn? He knows. And he supports and admires the Castros, the chavistas, and the rest of those tyrannical thugs. Funny thing is: Penn lives in the freedom and comfort of America. There is almost no one worse than the person who wants dictatorship for others but lives in freedom himself.