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Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow

T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

The government of Venezuela should give full and frank information about Hugo Chávez's current state of health and his prognosis. His political opposition should act in a far more dignified way than they're currently acting. And then once that's done, he and his family should be left in peace. The man may be the single most public figure in the Spanish-speaking world, but anyone in the final stages before death has a right to privacy and dignity, something being denied to him by friend and foe alike. The whole circus, on both sides of the fence, saddens your humble scribe.