On Hugo Chávez deified

 

Those who are totally enthralled with the idea of having an embalmed Hugo Chávez as a permanent symbol of the Bolivarian Revolution would do well to pay heed to the case of Eva Perón, also embalmed. Virtually deified in life by the Argentine masses, her embalmed body lay in repose to be worshiped by the masses. Then her husband, Juan Domingo Perón, was overthrown and the body disappeared for 14 years. She finally found peace among other mortals in the simple pantheon of her Duarte family in the La Recoleta cemetery. Moral of the story: Since it is axiomatic that nothing is permanent in politics, beware of those who would deify the dead in order to consolidate their own power.

Anthony P. Maingot, Plantation

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