Thanks to forensics and imaging work done by people working for Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, the world now has a 3-D, realistic image of what Simon Bolivar, ("el Libertador") looked like when he was living He was clearly Spanish, from the aristocracy, and quite handsome. It's fascinating that Chavez idolizes Bolivar as he does. I wonder what Bolivar would think of Chavez if they could meet? I suspect Bolivar would praise Chavez: After all, Bolivar was a military man, an autocrat with dictatorial tendencies, and his ego was as big as the American continent. Both considered themselves essential to the salvation of the nation and region at large. And both created a heavy dependence on a paternalistic state.