Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Chen's Assailant's Pistol Manufacturers Jailed

Virtually no one who reads English will know what that headline means, but the pistol that was used to shoot Taiwan's President Chen on the eve of his last election was one manufactured in a motorcycle shop. The miscreants made the weapons, one of which ended up in the hands of a gambler who shot Chen, to wound him but not to kill him, to try to swing the election to Chen in an upset. Mission accomplished.

One of my classmates in Taiwan sent me a text message the day Chen was shot that said "CHEN WAS SHOT!!!!" I quickly asked "WHERE?" His response was "TAINAN" (a city in southern Taiwan) To which I replied, "SHOT IN TAINAN, THAT HAD TO HURT"