Thursday, May 04, 2006

US Wins With Moussaoui Verdict

Zacarias Moussaoui has been denied his wish for martydom. The 72 virgins will just have to wait.

Obviously there are mixed emotions from the 9/11 families, some of whom hoped that Moussaoui would get the death penalty. Instead, he will spend the rest of his life in jail with no possibility for parole and no contact with the outside world.

I think this verdict sends a good message to rest of the world, which is nice since we've been sending out a whole lot of rotten ones recently. This jury countered Moussaoui's bloodthirstiness with justice, free from emotion. That's as it should be and it's something worth being proud of.

As for his "America, you lost. ... I won" comment, only a fool would think this is not exactly what he would have said had the verdict come back for death. By showing restraint in this case, America is the clear winner on the moral stage. Gosh, I almost forgot what that feels like.
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