Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Dishonoring memories

Today a federal jury ruled-out the death penalty for 9/11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui deciding instead that he serves a life sentence.

This is by far the most dishonoring act in the post-September 11 era.

It has been nearly five years since that awful Tuesday morning when America awoke to the most horrid of tragedies. A federal trial apparently found that Moussaoui was guilty enough to be a part of the conspiracy to crash two planes into the New York cityscape, another into the heart of the nation’s capitol and yet another bound for an unknown target. However, Moussaoui was apparently not guilty enough that his own life was demanded as punishment for the act of war that was committed.

Over 3,000 people perished that day. To me, this jury verdict is dishonoring to the memories of each of those lives lost in addition to every life lost in the global war on terrorism.

Such a verdict sends a message to every radical terrorist that if you conspire to attack the United States of America, the worst that can happen to you is that you will spend the rest of your life in a warm bed to sleep in and provided three squares a day…with an option for cable to follow up on the actions of your buddies, or the occasional Lifetime movie special.

This decision begs the question, “When we finally find Osama bin Laden, we’ll he ‘suffer’ the same penalties as his associates?”

A decision like this makes all the flags unfurled and draped across America on September 12, 2001 a terrible display of vanity and sensationalism, destroying any true patriotic intent that was perhaps perceived by them at the time.

My apologies to the family members of the victims of 9/11 whose memories have been dishonored by this most recent decision.

Read the AP story here.

3 comments:

Forrest said...

Consider the fact that putting him to death would make him the "martyr" that he truly desired to be. It's hard to say how involved Moussaoui really was in the 9/11 plot, but that aside why let him die and let him become a "martyr"? I hate letting people sit in prison at taxpayers expense as much as the next fiscal conservative, but I just think this guy may be worth our dollars by letting him rot in prison for the rest of his life.

Matt Cole said...

Kick that principle up a notch, we catch Osama and offer him the same fate? A life rotting away in prison so he doesn't become a "martyr"? I don't buy it. Extremists can think what they want of Osama or Moussaoui, but I maintain that granting them life in lieu of capital punishment is dishonoring to those who have perished in their stead.

Also, we no longer have to suppose how much Moussaoui really was involved in the plot. The jury decided that for us. It should be noted that this whole story rests on a 'guilty' verdict.

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