Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Fate Worse Than Death

A lot of people seem to be thumping their chests over would-be 9/11 hijacker Zacharias Moussaoui coming one step closer to the death penalty yesterday. That sort of celebration does not make a whole lot of sense.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this guy planning to blow himself up? If we take him at his word, he was going to fly a fifth hijacked jet into the White House. With that in mind, death doesn't exactly seem like the appropriate punishment here. He wanted to martyr himself, and killing him would be letting him do just that.

Disregarding whatever outside views one may have about the death penalty it is certainly not the ultimate solution in this case. Better to make Moussaoui wait a few more decades in prison before he gets to go meet those 72 virgins.


Blogger Catherine said...

I thought Paradise was all out of virgins.

9:58 PM  

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