November 19, 2012 11:37AM

Could Che Guevara Inspire Peaceful Revolutionaries in Burma?

In a profile of Myat Thu, a Burmese dissident forced to flee the country after “the 1988 nationwide protests that were brutally crushed by the Burmese military,” who now runs a cafe across the border in Thailand, NPR blandly notes that he has portraits on his walls of Aung San Suu Kyi — and Che Guevara.

Does Myat Thu know that Che was a brutal murderer who helped establish a Stalinist, military‐​backed dictatorship in Cuba that has lasted longer than the junta in Burma? Maybe he doesn’t. But surely Jason Beaubien of NPR does.