Moussaoui will get what he wants

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 6:50 PM | comments: 8

I am astounded by the way people are reacting to the Moussaoui trial, only because it demonstrates how little Americans really get religious radicals.

Everyone wants the guy to fry, you know, eye for an eye after 9/11, and I understand that. But if you put this guy to death, you're giving him exactly what he wants. Similarly-minded radicals will see him as a martyr and hero. If he rots in prison, he's just a schmuck who got caught. He's talking all kinds of shit on the stand because he wants death, and the jury is gonna give it to him.


Neuski, March 29, 2006, 11:57 PM #

I certainly don't want to pay for his ass to live it up in prison. Shoot him in the head and move on to the next one, even if that is what he wants. He certainly isn't going to be around to flaunt it in our faces.

Jeff, March 30, 2006, 12:48 AM #

That's what I'm getting at... it's not about him. It's his buddies.

Neuski, March 30, 2006, 1:06 AM #

So... kill him and make him and others happy or keep him locked up and piss off the lot? I'll stick with the shot to the head.

Jeff, March 30, 2006, 2:18 AM #

It's just that it's never that black and white. What makes us better than radicals is our ability to think above their irrational feelings. Killing him doesn't bring anyone back or change what happened. Besides... I think you know what would happen to him in prison.

Neuski, March 30, 2006, 2:32 AM #

True. But putting him in prison isn't going to bring anyone back or change what happened. This certainly begs the question, "How do you punish someone that wants to die?"

Jeff, March 30, 2006, 3:01 AM #

That's a good question. I don't know.

Onceler, March 30, 2006, 3:10 PM #

The answer is easy, put that person who wants to die in prison. Being put to death by the state is humane, being put in prison isn't. On top of that, his life to the media, becomes a hellavalot less public. He would basically dissapear in prison until he was finally killed (much like jeffery dahmer). And if they put him in a maximum security wing with little to no contact with the genral population, he will rot a whole lot longer w/ hardly a peep out of the media. Plus, you mentioned about payment in prison, isn't death row the most expensive part of prision? Doesn't it cost more to put someone on death row than it does to keep them in prison for life?

But none of this matters as the jury is going to think they are doing the right thing by giving this guy death.

CPLady, March 30, 2006, 6:24 PM #

I would certainly prefer my tax dollars go to keeping in alive in prison than putting him to death so he can become the perfect symbol of martyrism to his buddies. WELL worth the cost in my opinion.

As soon as he spouted off against his attorney's wishes and began admitting (bragging?) about the plans, I knew it was exactly as Jeff says. this guy WANTS to die a martyr.

Reminds me of a Klingon mindset

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