Monday, May 10, 2010

Political Science

An American scientist recently raised the possibility that South American independence leader, Simon Bolivar, may have died from arsenic poisoning rather than tuberculosis.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal proponent and self-proclaimed successor of Bolivar, has used this speculation to bolster his own claims that the South American liberator was poisoned by a Colombian political rival, Francisco de Santander, and used the symbolism to take a swipe at the current political leader of Colombia.

"Uribe is one of the sons of Santander. He is from the same lineage," Chavez said last year after Uribe gave U.S. soldiers more access to Colombian military bases. "We are the sons of Bolivar and we are in that battle," Venezuela's leader added.

However, the American scientist is not so happy about Chavez' reaction to his statement.

"What I said has been taken and used for their own political means," Auwaerter said in a telephone interview.

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