This amazing figure who symbolizes world-wide revolutionary struggle even in the capitals of the imperialist and colonial world came from a continent which was once oppressed by colonial powers and which is now exploited and kept in the most criminal state of underdevelopment by Yankee imperialism.
The Yankee imperialists are frightened of Che’s potent example and of everything that helps to spread his reputation. This is the greatest value of the diary: it is the living expression of an extraordinary personality, a lesson for guerrilla fighters written in the heat and suspense of each day. That is what makes it explosive; it is the proof that men in Latin America are not helpless against those who try to enslave them with mercenary armies; that is what has stopped the imperialists from publishing the diary.
It could well be that many so-called revolutionaries, opportunists and impostors of every sort, who call themselves Marxists, Communists and a variety of other names, would also prefer the diary to remain unknown. They do not hesitate to dismiss Che as a deluded adventurer, or at best an idealist, claiming that his death was the swansong of revolutionary armed struggle in Latin America. ’ If Che, the greatest exponent of such ideas and an experienced guerrilla fighter was lulled in a guerrilla war and if his movement did not liberate Bolivia, that proves he was completely wrong! ’ That is the way they argue; and how many of those miserable characters rejoiced at the news of Che’s death, not even ashamed that their position and their reasoning coincided perfectly with those of the most reactionary oligarchies and with. imperialism!