Tuesday, March 15, 2011

OPEN LETTER TO HENRY GOMEZ

Dear Henry,

I was stationed at Ft. McNair in Washington D.C. in the early months of 1969, in the Army. While there, I had the experience to talk to one of the Bolivian Colonels who was attending the Inter-American Defense College, which was established as a vehicle to train Latin American Officers in anti-communist counter insurgency techniques.

I spent one pleasant evening drinkings Scots Whiskey with a Col. "Rosas" or "Rojas" ( to the best of my recollection) and a buddy of mine in the Bachelor Officers Quarters.

He claimed to be the officer in charge of the unit that captured Che and that he ordered his sergeant to execute him. I don't know if he was telling the truth, a half truth or just playing a parlor game with us. His English was not very good.

He described the event in pantomine, complete with the "brrrrrppp" sound effects of a rifle on full auto.

Maybe he witnessed the death of Che, or maybe he was just engaging in a popular passtime of the day for Bolivian Colonels with unsuspecting gringos. Che is Dead. Get over it!!

Go Gators!

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