Yes, Che was ruthless and fanatical and sometimes murderous. But was he a murderer? No, not in the sense of a serial killer or gangland assassin. He was one of those rare people who are prepared to push past ethical constraints, even their own conscience, and bring about a greater good by doing terrible things. Whether morally justifiable or not, there is something admirable in that - pure principle in a world of shabby compromise. Maybe this is why Che remains such an icon, both in image and idea.
A more realistic view of Ernesto “Che” Guevara can be had from those who encountered his homicidal manliness first-hand. Oddly enough, they don’t recall “a brave and compassionate warrior-poet.” And there’s also Ted Balaker’s short film about those who swoon over Castro’s child killer and narcissist-in-chief.