From Wikipedia: Ernesto “Che” Guevara June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine, Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist, and major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Since his death, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous counter cultural symbol and global insignia within popular culture.
A physician who reveled in the execution of dozens of people opposed to a communist revolution in Cuba. An author who wrote about the thrill he felt when the sharp smell of gunpowder and blood filled his nostrils. An intellectual who had the wall in his office removed so he could watch the executions in which he could not take an active role. A guerrilla leader who ran from gun fire and hid while his men died for him. A diplomat who relished war and fostered revolution. A military theorist who wanted the Cuban people to be sacrificed in a nuclear war to foster the birth of a new people from the atomic ashes. Che Guevara was a coward, a mad man and a butcher whose face has adorned the t-shirts of foolish youth for decades. A murderer praised in press and film.
His murderous deeds, personal excesses and rampant failures as a leader, bureaucrat and revolutionary have been sanitized. The history of Che and other such notable communist monsters such as Stalin, Mao and Castro have been rewritten as if these men were saints instead. The idea that some how there is a purity in Che and that he lived (and died) serving the poor, protecting them against the rich and powerful, overthrowing the oppressive American puppets in Cuba and elsewhere is the most egregious kind of fantasy. Those posters and t-shirt often appear in the offices of groups associated with labor unions, universities and liberal politicians and political groups. All lured in by a hatred of the same things – liberty, prosperity and Western culture. The same things that sent many Cubans to their deaths at the word of Che Guevara.