Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer poisoning accusation
By Andrew Cawthorne | March 12, 2013
CARACAS – Reuters) – Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into claims that the late President Hugo Chavez’s cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government said.
Something tells us the United States is going to be found guilty. Even though Chavez was a devoted fan of Mr. Obama. But whenever a socialist dictator dies this accusation is as predictable as ‘the butler did it.’
Foes of the government view the accusation as a typical Chavez-style conspiracy theory intended to feed fears of "imperialist" threats to Venezuela’s socialist system and distract people from daily problems.
It was ever thus. ‘Foreign doctors’ were even accused and punished for trying to kill off Josef Stalin and other top Soviet leaders.
Still, acting President Nicolas Maduro vowed to open an investigation into the claims, first raised by Chavez himself after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.
"We will seek the truth," Maduro told regional TV network Telesur. "We have the intuition that our commander Chavez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted him out of the way."
And all you really need is "intuition."
Foreign scientists will be invited to join a state committee to probe the accusation, he said…
That will guarantee objectivity. Hopefully, Jimmy Carter will also lend a hand.
Maduro said it was too early to specifically point a finger over Chavez’s cancer, but noted that the United States had laboratories with experience in producing diseases.
"He had a cancer that broke all norms," Maduro told Telesur. "Everything seems to indicate that they (enemies) affected his health using the most advanced techniques."
It must have been a newly developed form of cancer if Cuba’s world-class healthcare system couldn’t cure him.
Maduro has compared his suspicions over Chavez’s death with allegations that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in 2004 from poisoning by Israeli agents.
The case echoes Chavez’s long campaign to convince the world that his idol and Venezuela’s independence hero Simon Bolivar died of poisoning by his enemies in Colombia in 1830…
After all, there just isn’t any other explanation when a hero dies.