I ran across this pic late last night. Nothing was offered in details other than that the picture was taken in Cuba where Hugo Chavez has been hospitalized in grave condition with lung related complications from his last cancer surgery.
Chavez hasn’t been heard from in weeks sparking speculation and rumor.
If he is dead there may be reasons why his death is being kept secret. He just won re-election and is supposed to attend the swearing in ceremony. However, if he fails to appear, according to the Venezuelan constitution, new elections would have to be scheduled within 30 days.
His VP and chosen successor Nicolas Maduro would like to avoid an election and simply assume power. He’s been vocal in denouncing any talk that Hugo Chavez is incapable of fulfilling his duties or that Chavez even has to make an appearance to be sworn in (hmmm?).
It’s very likely that if Chavez is dead and Maduro tries to make a power grab a civil war will erupt to rival what we’re seeing in Syria.
As for the picture, some have questioned it claiming that when last seen alive, Hugo Chavez was bald, the result of his cancer treatments. Of course, any decent mortician could put a toupee on the corpse. From my personal perspective, most folks who die after a long battle with cancer wouldn’t look this good. Even the most skilled mortician would find it a challenge to make the deceased look half as good as they did in life.
One last clue is that Oliver Stone and Sean Penn haven’t suddenly replaced their red armbands with black ones. When they cancel all their appointments, pack their dark suits and buy airline tickets to Venezuela we’ll know he’s dead, probably even before the CIA does.