NLF; National Liberation Fronts: 1960/1970

By Robert Shanab Elias Abu; Donald C. Hodges | Go to book overview

The initiation of the armed struggle is not so extremely difficult; what turns out to be extremely difficult is the development of the armed struggle to the level of a strategical force, i.e., an indestructible force of roughly the same strength as the enemy.

Once the armed guerrilla struggle begins, its first objective is obviously to survive. To prevent the flame from going out, the technical-military factor has to play a leading role during the first encounters, after which the political factor becomes decisive. It is the task of the party to develop the struggle on a broader front, combining the other forms of struggle to arouse subjectively the masses and to strengthen objectively the guerrillas--which during the more advanced stage is nothing less than the fundamental tactic of the political struggle.


CHAPTER NINE
Divergence between the Communist Party of Bolivia and Che Guevara*

Mario Monje General Secretary of the Communist Party of Bolivia

Between December 31, 1966, and January 1, 1967, an important conversation was held between Comrade Guevara and the author of these lines. The conversation was not prolonged, notwithstanding the importance of the matters discussed relating to the revolution in Latin America, and especially in Bolivia.

At the beginning of the conversation, Comrade Guevara made clear that he considered this continent--Latin America--as his native country. He said that as a revolutionary he would fight anywhere to drive out North American imperialism and build socialism, that his initial intention was to start the fight in another country,

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From Plenum of the Communist Party of Bolivia, January 19, 1968, Punto Final, Santiago, February 27, 1968. Translated by Luis Gerlein and Donald C. Hodges.

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