Was Che Guevara a motorcycle ridin’ king of Communist cool, or a book-burning, homophobic, bigoted, murderous jerk?

The latter, according to a new book. And he was a terrorist, too.

– Twice, Che plotted terrorist attacks against New York City. In November 1962, the FBI cracked a terrorist plot by Cuban agents who targeted Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s and Grand Central Terminal. They planned to blow up those landmarks with 12 incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT the day after Thanksgiving. Several months before visiting New York in December 1964 and being feted by the toast of the city’s intelligentsia, Che hatched a plan with the Black Liberation Army to blow up the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument. The plotters were infiltrated in 1965 by a sharp-eyed NYPD cadet.

– Che detested rock and roll and railed against “long hairs,” “lazy youths,” and homosexuals. At one point, he wrote that the young must always “listen carefully – and with the utmost respect – to the advice of their elders who held governmental authority.”

And he was pro-establishment? Sheesh.

He did personally order 700 executions. Maybe that’ll redeem him in leftist eyes.

Here’s the book on Amazon. It looks like a good summer read for the Che worshipper in your life.

More: If you want the front page pic on a T-shirt, well, that’s where it came from. I don’t agree with everything that Bureaucrash, the folks who designed the shirt, say or do. But they make some of the best political T-shirts you’ll ever find. Here’s the Communism Kills shirt with skull Che on the front. Cigar afficianados should love this one.

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