Thesis: The Cuban Revolution was the model for a war of liberation for Latin Americans against oppressive regimes and US imperialism. The people could destroy the dictatorships of Central America and the Caribbean through guerrilla warfare.
Argument: Che was not a strategic military genius. He operated by simple, realistic principles. They included mobility, movement by night, careful use of ammunition (supplies), flexibility, careful study of the ground, and surprise and fury.
- Mobility is the fundamental characteristic of a guerilla band. Striking and moving freely while avoiding detection puts a strain on government forces, which must spread thin.
- Guerillas know the ground better than government forces, who have a “garrison attitude,” so the guerillas can attack at night with surprise, withdraw, and contribute to the impression that they are everywhere and can attack at any time
- Ammunition was Che’s most critical supply item and most was only available from government forces.
- Che a better theorist than leader
- Che and Fidel were middle class and wanted more power
- Lenin (Mao too) worked towards the peasants (not enough workers, and to use the agricultural society)
- Marx focused towards the factory works, and have them drive the revolution