US and World Politics

The Bestiality of Imperialism

By Ernesto “Che” Guevara

A bestiality that knows no limits, that has no national frontiers. The bestiality of Hitler’s armies is like the North American bestiality, like that of the Belgian paratroopers and that of the French imperialists in Algeria. For it is the very essence of imperialism to turn men into wild, bloodthirsty animals determined to slaughter, kill, murder and destroy the very last vestige of the image of the revolutionary or the partisan in any regime that they crush under their boots because it fights for freedom. The statue of Lumumba1, destroyed today but rebuilt tomorrow, reminds of us of the tragic story of this martyr of the world revolution. And make sure that we never trust imperialism. In no way at all! Not an iota!

Video: Che Guevara Talks About Imperialism (with English subtitles,) 1965

1 Patrice Émery Lumumba (July 2, 1925-January 17, 1961) was the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo from June until September 1960. Shortly after Congolese independence in 1960, a mutiny broke out in the army. Lumumba appealed to the United States and the United Nations for help to suppress the Belgian-supported Katangan secessionists. Both refused. Lumumba was subsequently imprisoned by state authorities under Mobutu and executed by a firing squad.