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Guerrilla Warfare by Guevara

- Objective: What makes revolution possible (conditions of the country)

- Subjective: Must prove to people you can win

- Lessons learned from Cuba: Popular forces can win a war against the enemy; not necessary to wait until all conditions for revolution exist/the insurrection can create them – in underdeveloped America the countryside is the basic area for armed fighting -- Foco: small group to begin the guerrilla campaign

- Che had an endstate in mind – Marxist-Lenonist

- Che believed it could be accomplished quickly; whereas Mao realized it took more time

Notes from Gloves: Guevara, Guerrilla Warfare selections / an insurrection can create the conditions to make a revolution 50 / Che violates Marxism by asserting, like Mao, that revolution doesn’t begin in the city but in the country 50-1 / two sides in the fight – the professional and oppressive army, and the people rising to fight 52 / agrarian revolutionaries 53 / follows Mao that irregular war becomes regular over time 54-5 / sabotage vs. terrorism debate 60-1 / can’t hurt insurrection with planes 61 / if the oligarchy breaks its own rules of law or democracy, then revolutionary war is obligatory (citing Martí) 152 / Cuba will lead to Yankee imperialism on a grand scale, so arm up, O peoples! – not exactly what happened 157 / guerrilla is heroic and altruistic 159 / Bolivian land redistribution to the indigenous persons sapped their brotherhood with urban revolutionaries 315-6 / political situation wasn’t conducive to a Cuban-style revolution, because there were opposition parties and regular elections 318 / Che’s involvement in Bolivia had as its focus a larger regional revolution (like what Bolivar did, or what Hugo Chavez is trying these days), not just a national revolution 319 / sgfnt limfac for Che was “rapid and effective response of the US-trained counterinsurgency forces” 320

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