Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Wear a Stauffenberg t-shirt

Following up from the film on Che, Nigel Jones has an interesting piece comparing Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, the celebrated sadistic killer and Claus Stauffenberg, the brave German officer who tried to remove Hitler: It is a sad reflection of our time that Che Guevara is seen as a hero

Che made no secret of his bloodlust: "It is hatred that makes our soldiers into violent and cold-blooded killing machines," he wrote. But he fell out of love with the revolutionary catastrophe he had created. After helping to ruin the island's economy as minister of industry and president of the Cuban National Bank, he flounced off to bring revolution to Bolivia's peasantry. They turned him over to the army, who shot him in October 1967.

Stauffenberg, too, died at the hands of his enemies, shot down after his bomb had failed to kill Hitler. He, too, was a failed revolutionary, but the sort of society that Stauffenberg was risking his life to create was the opposite of the tyranny embraced by Che. Stauffenberg wanted a return of the rule of law; political plurality; an end to the Nazi methods of arbitrary arrest, and torture and concentration camps; and the resumption of a culture guided by the values of Christian civilisation: the exact opposite of Che's vision.

Guevara and Stauffenberg: two very different heroes. It is sad, but given the state of our society, somehow not so surprising, that we choose the wrong man to adorn our T-shirts.


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5 Comments:

Anonymous Malcolm said...

a v. Stauffenberg T Shirt is an excellent idea, but using a picture of the man himself in a Nazi uniform might, let's say, complicate things unneccessarily.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you use the picture shown, the unifrom predates 1933 nad is not Nazi in any way.....if that helps.

Colin

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Malcolm said...

Thanks, Colin.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

(apologies if this is duplicate, but had a computer problem)

By the way, what's the film coming out about this (the one with whatshisname, the Scientologist)? I saw a trailer for it recently...

10:43 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Within the month, I think. It's called Valkyrie

3:06 PM  

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