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After the 1979 Revolution, he joined the Sandanistas, though he later went back to Panama to oppose Manuel Noriega, and publically criticized the dictator for his drug connections. ” Noriega asked him if he knew what to do with a dog with rabies. 16 But easily the most famous case was that of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. An Argentine by birth, a medical doctor, intellectual, theorist on economic, political, and military affairs, and one of the most influential guerrilla leaders in history, Guevara was among the key leaders of the Cuban revolution of 1959.

As a student at the Jesuit Universidad Javeriana he became a more centrist Liberal and gravitated toward journalism. After graduation in 1965, he started writing for El Tiempo of Bogotá, as well as the weekly Nueva Frontera. He often railed against the influences of the emerging drug trade, old-boy politics, and the loss of collective values. He also became involved in socially progressive Liberal politics, beginning in 1970 when President Misael Pastrana appointed him Minister of Education. He went to Italy as Colombian ambassador, served as Senator for the department of Santander, and was elected city councilman for Bogotá.

An Argentine by birth, a medical doctor, intellectual, theorist on economic, political, and military affairs, and one of the most influential guerrilla leaders in history, Guevara was among the key leaders of the Cuban revolution of 1959. But more important, he came to be associated with the idea of world revolution. Guevara spoke of creating “one, two, many Vietnams,” in the effort to overburden leading capitalist states (especially the United States) and overthrow them. Perhaps even more than Fidel Castro, El Che became the most prominent embodiment of the leftist ideal of revolution in the 1960s, an advocate of armed struggle against class exploitation, and a true believer in the importance of freeing mankind’s innate morality in order to create a new society.

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