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Created by John Eipper on 05/03/09 12:01 PM - re-politics-more-on-che-guevara-alain-de-benoist-france-2

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re: Politics: More on Che Guevara (Alain de Benoist, France) (John Eipper, USA, 05/03/09 12:01 pm)

Alain de Benoist writes: Michael Veck (2 May) wrote: It might help to know that Alain de Benoist named, in a recent radio interview, Che Guevara as the idol of his youth and the person he admired most (sic). I would be very interested to know in what recent radio interview I could have said such ridiculous things. I also wonder where Michael gets his information. This information is of course pure invention--or more exactly disinformation. Michael added: "Alain is also fond of saying such catchy phrases as: 'Better to wear the helmet of a Red Army soldier than to live on a diet of hamburgers in Brooklyn.'" Unfortunately, this quotation is also false. What a pity! Here is the real quote: I would not like to wear the helmet of the Red Army. It would be a really dreadful perspective. But nor would I like to have to spend the rest of my life eating hamburgers in Brooklyn. These lines were published in my book Orientations pour des annees decisives, which appeared in 1982, 25 years ago. At that time, we were still in the Cold War. With this rather elliptical expression, I wanted to stress a position which was already mine: I do not have any more sympathy for communism than for capitalism, for the Soviet Union than for imperialist America. This position can certainly be discussed or questioned, but it has nothing to do with the catchy phrase Michael found probably in some imaginative writing. As Michael seems so interested in what I think, he should know that I have also written a whole book against two totalitarianisms: Nazism and Communism. This book was entitled Communisme et nazisme. 25 reflexions sur le totalitarisme au 20e siècle, 1917-1989. It was published in 1998 and has been translated into Portuguese (1999), Italian (2000), Hungarian (2000), German (2001), Dutch (2001), Croatian (2005), Spanish (2005) and Serbian (2007). I know my post about Che Guevara would attract some bitter comments, but I hoped for something a bit more intelligent than the charge of love affair with the Bolsheviks. My post was certainly not a Che apologia. While I can have sympathy for all people fighting against American imperialism and capitalism, I certainly dislike many things done by Guevara, beginning with his crimes. But I also recognize his courage and his unalterable will. I have only contempt for people who are not able to recognize the qualities of their enemies, or for whom enemies are only a figure of Evil. History is not written in black and white. It has many colors. To think history physiognomically, one has to get the sense of nuances. As for Guevera, it is obvious that he became a symbol going much beyond he cause he fought for. This could explain that, in France, the most beautiful book written about him was the work of a well-known rightist and anticommunist writer, Jean Cau (Une passion pour Che Guevara, Julliard, Paris, 1978). For Jean Cau, Guevara was a fraternal enemy . An enemy and a brother. This is also an answer to Nigel Jones (2 May ), who quoted the name of Regis Debray, a writer I like very much, probably without knowing much about his present positions. Nigel should read his books about the sacred, about mediology, about the difference between Democrats and Republicans, etc. His latest work: Le moment fraternite (Gallimard, Paris, 2009). JE comments: As of 2 May, Michael Veck is no longer part of WAIS. For some time he and I have not seen eye-to-eye on editorial policy, and we agreed that a parting of the ways would be the best solution for all. Alain has requested that I forward this message to Michael, which I will do. -- For information about the World Association of International Studies (WAIS), and its online publication, the World Affairs Report, read its homepage by simply double-clicking on: http://wais.stanford.edu/ John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA -- For information about the World Association of International Studies (WAIS), and its online publication, the World Affairs Report, read its homepage by simply double-clicking on: http://wais.stanford.edu/ John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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