Thursday, July 03, 2008

Che Che Che!

We at Covenant Zone are sometimes so humourless we end up whining about the endless parade of murderer sympathizers in Che t-shirts.

We never had the brains to consider that people may be using these shirts in all kinds of creative ways. For example:
[Columbian] Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos told reporters earlier in the day that the rescue mission had been made possible by “a special intelligence” operation that had penetrated the highest reaches of the FARC, including the group’s seven-man directorate and one of the rings of specialized rebel units entrusted with guarding hostages. Santos said that ring, commanded by a rebel known by the alias Cesar, was tricked into believing that the FARC’s leader had called for the hostages to be brought to him.

Yesterday, two white helicopters arrived in a jungle clearing where the hostages were being held. The men in the helicopters looked like guerrillas, Betancourt later said, describing details of the rescue at the military airport.

“Absolutely surreal,” she said, noting that some of the men who got off the helicopter wore T-shirts emblazoned with the iconic image of the Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “I thought this was the FARC,” she said.

Their hands bound, the hostages were forced aboard the helicopters, wondering where they would be taken next in their long ordeal. But once aboard, Betancourt said, Cesar and another guerrilla were overpowered and the crewmen announced that the passengers were now free. “The chief of the operation said: ‘We’re the national army. You’re free,’ ” she said. “The helicopter almost fell from the sky because we were jumping up and down, yelling, crying, hugging one another. We couldn’t believe it.”
And if you want to hang out with guys in Free Mark Steyn! t-shirts, Covenant Zone meets every Thursday, 7-9 pm, in the atrium of the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library, in front of Blenz Coffee.


Charles Henry said...

There must be a lot of hostages secreted within the bowels of Vancouver's Central Public Library.

There are too many people brazenly wearing these che t-shirts there, for all to see, for it to be a mere fashion statement, or a testament to their political ideology.

I had always hoped there couldn't be that many stupid and/or evil people in our city. Thank goodness we now know... the rest of the story.

Dag said...


Blazing Cat Fur said...

They used a Che T-shirt? Talk about Ironing!