I learned the remains of Simon Bolivar, The Liberator of several South American counties from Spanish rule, were exhumed on July 17, the 227th anniversary of his birth. Venezuelan President Chavez, referred to by many as El Mono, the Monkey, decided on a whim to have Bolivar’s bones examined to determine the true cause of his death.
Why? Simon died in 1830 with a physician in attendance. Well documented it was that Simon suffered from tuberculosis, which ran rampant on South America at that time. His autopsy showed TB as cause of death. Some speculate Chavez may try to prove the bone are not Bolivar’s.
The entire sarcophagus opening was captured for posterity, now on YouTube, while the Venezuelan national anthem boomed in the background. According to Monkey Brains, a variety of forensic scientists from several countries attended the exhumation. When the sarcophagus was opened, I saw the Venezuelan flag draped over the long ago deceased. The six coffin openers took great care with the flag and folded it according to Venezuelan custom.
Why was the flag completely intact? How was it that when the flag was lifted, it did not fall apart or at least show signs of deterioration? The flag, like Simon’s bones, has been interred in the tropics for 170 years.
Chavez, ese sin verguenza, needs to focus on real problems in his country – poverty, unemployment, crime, and a failing infrastructure – rather than disturb the bones of The Liberator.