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Che Guevara's children in Iran

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Submitted by Frank (United States), Jul 1, 2008 at 17:40

Last year, Che guevara's son and daughter were invited to Tehran University by an Iranian Islamic organization who claims to have recruited fifty thousand suicide bombers and whose agenda is an international Islamic revolution.

The founder of the organization began quoting from a Farsi book on Che's life, saying that the martyr Che Guevara was also an "internationalist" like us and would have been our comerade in arms had he been alive today. He concluded that Che was in fact a Godly man and finally met God. As is the custom in Iran, all foreign books translated into Farsi are somehow altered to suit the Islamic outlook of Iran's regime.

The next speaker, Che Guevara's daughter (the son was not scheduled to speak), diverting from her prepared notes, angrily protested that "I don't know what book you are quoting from but my father ... was a Communist who did not believe in God and as far as I know, never met God in the end either....." ! As the young Tehran University students began to cheer her in a frenzy of applause and slogans , pushing and shoving the Islamic students, Che's daughter was surrounded by Iranian intelligence agents and taken straight to the airpport without being allowed to stay for the Q&A session. The complete report on this session was immediately posted on the internet by Tehran University's young revolutionaries.

It seems that the new generation of Iranian leftists inside Iran are much less inclined to be united with their Islamic rulers than those Iranian and other leftists who live in the West, enjoying the democratic systems and who don't have to live and suffer under an islamic regime .

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Fascinating information about Che Guevara's daughter.

You note that "the new generation of Iranian leftists inside Iran are much less inclined to be united with their Islamic rulers than those Iranian and other leftists who live in the West." I completely agree and hope to write about the contrast between cozy Red-Green relations in the West and the rather more hostile situation in most of the Muslim world. For example, in Turkey, the main way to vote against the AKP is to support the leftist party.

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