THOR L. HALVORSSEN, although he no longer works for them, has done Yeoman’s work at the FIRE fighting for freedom on college campuses (he is now at something called The Commonwealth Foundation). Now he has to face this: He and his family are natives of Venezuela and oppose the Chavez thugocracy. And something horrible has happened there hits him close to home:
Within one hour of the gathering, just over 100 of Lt. Col. Chávez's supporters, many of them brandishing his trademark army parachutist beret, began moving down the main avenue towards the crowd in the square. Encouraged by their leader's victory, this bully-boy group had been marching through opposition neighborhoods all day….
A 61-year-old grandmother was shot in the back as she ran for cover. The bullet ripped through her aorta, kidney and stomach. She later bled to death in the emergency room. An opposition congressman was shot in the shoulder and remains in critical care. Eight others suffered severe gunshot wounds. Hilda Mendoza Denham, a British subject visiting Caracas for her mother's 80th birthday, was shot at close range with hollow-point bullets from a high-caliber pistol. She now lies sedated in a hospital bed after a long and complicated operation. She is my mother.
I don’t know what to say. If you are religious, please pray for Mr. Halvorssen and his family. If not, just keep him in your thoughts and let's hope for the best.