Been a bit since I’ve posted anything about our “good friend” and
Communist leftist extraordinaire Hugo Chavez. So I thought today would be a good day to do that.
Chavez’s Vice-Dictator President, Nicolas Maduro, continues to publicly claim that Chavez is making a “difficult and slow recovery”. As they have for weeks, Chavez opponents are questioning the veracity of those claims. And Spanish newspaper ABC has added fuel to the fire by reporting that Chavez’s cancer has “spread to a lung” and that Chavez has been “moved to an island compound in the Caribbean”. (ABC did not identify their sources.)
(Author’s note: the linked ABC article is in Spanish. My Spanish is so rudimentary as to be virtually nonexistent, but I’m pretty sure this is the correct article – I recognize “medicos”, “isla”, and “células cancerígenas”, and I’m pretty sure that “tumoración pulmonar” translates as “pulmonary tumor”.)
Predictably, Maduro has castigated Chavez opponents, ABC, and a Colombian media network (Caracol) for “spreading lies” about Chavez’s condition. However, Maduro hasn’t been particularly consistent himself regarding Chavez’s condition, either. Two days ago, Maduro indicated publicly that Chavez was “fighting for his life”. And he’s made that same “fighting for his life” statement about Chavez previously.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Hugo. It appears to be preparing to toll for thee.
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Update: I found a web service to translate the ABC newspaper article. That’s indeed the correct one. It specifically claims the new tumor is aggressive and now involves 35% of Chavez’s left lung. It further claims Chavez’s immune system is severely degraded; that Chavez also has abdominal metastatic lesions; that Chavez is receiving palliative care; and that he was moved to allow his family to be with him and react on short notice.
If any of that is accurate, that’s not good news for Hugo. If all of it is accurate, well . . . .