By Syed Ubaidur Rahman (NVONews.Com)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home from Fidel Castro‘s Cuba, late on Friday, to country’s capital, Caracas, after fully recovering from cancer. He was in Havana for the last several months for radiation therapy.
Fifty-seven year old Chavez has undergone surgery twice in the past year in Cuba to remove cancerous tumors, and has had chemotherapy followed by radiation treatments.
Though the type of cancer has not been disclosed he appeared fit as fiddle, and fully prepared to fight the presidential election in October this year.
Chavez who, while addressing UN General Assembly meeting in 2009 called US President George Bush a devil, could not attend the Summit of Americas held in Colombia on April 13-14 last. Among others who attended that Summit included President Barack Obama. The exclusion of Cuba from the Summit and the dispute over Falkland Island was raised prominently during the Summit. Venezuela’s stand on these issues is well-known. In fact the United States and to some extent, Canada got isolated on these issues.
It was during the previous Summit of Americas at Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago (April 17-19) that Obama shook hand with Chavez.
Back home, on Friday after his arrival at the Maiquetia Airport the Left-leaning Latin American President said: “I have to tell you that in recent days we have successfully concluded this course of radiation therapy.”
Chavez, along with Cuba’s Fidel Castro, have been successfully challenging, what they allege US imperialist design in the western hemisphere. He has been in power since 1999 and is running for re-election as a “revolutionary socialist” against Henrique Capriles, the youthful Miranda state governor and center-left candidate for the united opposition.
Chavez survived a military coup in 2002. He was ousted for a brief period but then staged a counter coup. It was then alleged that the rebellious generals then had the blessing of the United States.
Though many Americans call him Communist and atheist and televangelist Pat Robertson even called for his elimination about seven years back, Chavez surprised the world when on April 7 last he begged at a pre-Easter mass: “Please don’t take me yet.”
“Give me your crown of thorns, Christ, I will bleed; Give me your cross––100 crosses––and I will carry them for you. But give me life, because I still have things to do for my people and my country,” Chavez said in the prayer.
With healthy Chavez back the Americans are only waiting for the results of the October presidential election in that oil-rich South American country.