Originally Posted by aldonius
You refer to the Cuban missile crisis. Last time I checked, Fidel Castro was the man in charge of Cuba back then, not "Che and his cohorts". Did you mean Castro?
Learn history my friend - Guevara earned the nickname 'Castro's Brain' for good reason. He was an instrumental part of Castro's 26th of July movement, and was second in command during the insurgency in Cuba that deposed Batista. After the revolution, he served in the new Cuban government as minister of industries, national bank president, and training director for Cuba's armed forces. More interestingly, he oversaw the appeals process and the firing squads, and personally oversaw the executions of hundreds of prisoners. During the war, he was feared as a ruthless disciplinarian who would execute defectors without hesitation, and who would send out execution squads to dispose of revolutionaries who decided to quit fighting, whom he considered to be traitors. He became feared for his summary executions of those accused of being spies, informers, or deserters, conducted without trials. As for the Cuban missile crisis, Guevara was the architect of Soviet-Cuban relations. He played a key role in bringing the missiles to Cuba.
A lot of self-described leftists and anti-government types have embraced Che without possessing any knowledge at all regarding just what sort of man he actually was. Che is not a snazzy image on a t-shirt - the man was a brutal killer.
I encourage you to read up on Che just a little - you clearly don't know much about him, as you were unaware of his significant involvement with Cuba. Wikipedia has a lengthy article on him - start there.