We have been following the impending death of Hugo Chavez in Havana, most recently in “Weekend at Hugo’s.” Our friends at Investor’s Business Daily have now posted a terrific editorial on the subject.
What are we to make of Chavez’s decision to opt for CastroCare over a modern hospital in Brazil or elsewhere in South America? Was Chavez perhaps an uncritical consumer of the gospel according to Ray Suarez and PBS? Even Castro hightailed it to Spain for his own treatment.
The editors of IBD write:
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is dying of cancer in Havana, in a live demonstration of Cuba’s vaunted socialized medical care. He went there instead of Brazil because he wanted to make a political statement. What irony.
As party cronies hover at his bedside, Cuban officials bark orders to the government in Caracas, and red-shirted Chavistas hold vigils, all signs are pointing to an imminent exit for the Venezuelan leader who controls a huge part of the world’s oil.
He’s going out exactly as he wouldn’t have liked — helpless and at the mercy of doctors, a far cry from the blaze of heroic socialist glory he might have preferred.
Most galling for him: It didn’t have to happen this way.
Please read the whole thing for the story you are unlikely to get elsewhere.