Venezuelan despot Hugo Chávez is dead at the age of 58.
Since Chavez apparently was a fan of life after death here on earth if not in heaven, I wonder if he already is plotting a return to Venezuela.
After all, these dictators often find it difficult to let go, sort of like a drowning main clinging to a Heidi Klum blowup doll.
Chávez once ordered the exhumation of the mortal remains of Simón Bolívar, leader of Latin America’s rebellion against Spain, who died in 1830.
The skeleton reportedly was picked apart — even as Chávez tweeted the proceedings — and some teeth and bone fragments were taken away for testing. The residual pieces were placed in a coffin stamped with the Chávez government’s seal.
In a subsequent speech, Chávez appealed to Jesus Christ to restage the raising of Lazarus and reanimate Bolívar’s constituent parts.
If Bolívar indeed is the second coming of Lazarus, he is keeping it quiet. And Jesus isn’t saying.
I suspect Chávez would not adopt such a low profile.