Thursday, May 04, 2006

Moussaoui Gets Life, Deserved Death

(Via Washington Post)

Al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui will spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks after a federal jury rejected the government's four-year quest to secure his execution for the deadliest terrorist strike on U.S. soil.

After weeks of listening to harrowing testimony from 9/11 family members, hearing heartbreaking emergency calls and watching painful footage of victims jumping to their deaths, the anonymous jury of nine men and three women methodically deliberated for 41 hours over seven days before reaching its verdict yesterday.

If there was ever a case to be made for military tribunals this would be it. This is precisely the reason that terrorists captured on the battlefield should not be afforded the protections of our legal system.

This man deserved to die for his actions, even if his death would have made him a martyr for Al Qaeda. This verdict sends a message of weakness that serves only to embolden terrorists and challenges them to "roll the dice", knowing full well that if they are captured and go to trial, they have a better than average chance of gaming the system to their advantage.

Terrorists who conspire to do us harm should not be tried by a jury; they should face a swift execution without the option of the method or the timeframe in which it is carried out. If they want to plead their case, let them plead it with their maker.

I'm not a bit surprised by the verdict, but I don't think I've ever been more disgusted! He conspired in the murder of over 3,000 innocent people, and what does he receive as punishment? He gets to keep breathing!!


More: Allahpundit at Hot Air has much more including a roundup of reactions in the blogosphere.

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