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Thursday, April 06, 2006

A Proper Sentence

The first Islamic attack on the World Trade Center happened in 1993 and those directly involved were convicted. The jury refused to impose the death penalty in the fear that their death would make them a martyr. We now hear the same cry for those who want to spare Moussaoui’s life such as Richard Cohen of the Washington Post and, of course, his Moussaoui’s own lawyers.

Has the 1993 sentencing has worked as planned? The blind-sheik continued to command a following and, with the help of his lawyer, Lynn Stewart, he continued to play a role in the terrorist movement. The organization continued to function and play a role in the 2001 attack. What evidence is there that the death sentence creates an Islamic martyr?

Contrary to common misperceptions, an Islamic martyr doesn’t die in the electric chair or become crucified on the cross. That’s a very different religion. Islam is a warrior religion and Islamic martyrs die in battle. Most Christian martyrs died while trying to peacefully preach the religion in hostile territory. St. Stephen was the first martyr and one of the most frequently portrayed in art history.

Moussaoui is a failure. He’s a pathetic loser in the minds of jihadists and would be written out of Islamic history if it weren’t for the susceptibility of Western writers to be manipulated by guilt and fear. Indeed, refusing to sentence him to death will only confirm the weakness and susceptibility of the West in the eyes of Jihadists. Refusing to administer the death sentence will be seen as an admission of moral uncertainty.

Besides, justice requires the ultimate punishment.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

I don't want him to get the "martyrdom" he wants, but I do want him executed. What to do? Maybe we could find a jury that would vote to exempt him from "cruel and unusual punishment".

Stewart, by the way, is a complete pig. She has been a political activist and radical for decades, as has her husband. Reading about her in detail has made me sick. That someone like her has the power that she has had is a sad commentary on our legal system.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 2:55:00 pm  
Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

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Thursday, April 06, 2006 4:14:00 pm  
Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

I don’t mind giving him what he wants. However, he won’t be around to enjoy it. And it won’t make him a hero among the faithful.

After 9/11 bin Laden was a hero as Muslims rallied around the world chanting his name. However, two months later, when he looked like he was going to be crushed like an ant in Tora Bora the disillusionment set in. The pro-Ossma rallies came to an end. Captured Al Qaeda testified how they were depressed as they sat there helplessly anticipating death by aerial bombardment. They wanted to die in battle but they were going to die like roaches.

There was a similar story about Jihadists in Jenin. They thought they were going to be killed by F-16s. But, as one said, when we saw the Israelis enter the town to fight hand-to-hand combat, they were elated. Now, if they died, they died fighting the enemy.

This brings to mind the warrior religion of Imperial Japan. Our fighting men found the Japanese willing to fight-to-the-death in many of the island where we landed and fought their troops. And the Japanese population was ready to die—every man, woman, and child—in a fight with our troops if we landed on the Japanese mainland. But we didn’t. We fire-bombed several cities and finally led them to believe we could nuke them after dropping the only two we had. Actually we bluffed; we didn’t have the capacity to produce many nukes. However, such a senseless death discourages religious warriors.

Back to the bin Laden story: his survival reestablished his popularity just as Saddam’s survival after the 1st Gulf War made him a hero. Islam is a warrior religion. Just dying isn’t glorified but dying while killing the enemy is the ideal.

This is why I didn’t want to see our troops go fight the enemy while trying to hold onto territory. Liberation, while noble, is premature in a war with a warrior religion that is only in the initial stages. Besides, the American people don’t yet understand the nature of Islam or Jihdad.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 4:19:00 pm  
Blogger George Mason said...

In fact, there is real message value in providing Moussaoui, etc., death with ignominy. After the infidels kill him (preferably by electricity or hanging so as not to spoil the carcass), then feed the carcass to hungry pigs. They will make New Moussaoui, and he will at last become useful.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 7:17:00 pm  
Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

Jason, I do agree. We need to completely humiliate and destroy the very basis of their system of beliefs, cultural and otherwise. These people must be broken. Americans must not only come to understand the nature of Islam but also the nature of war, which we must embrace wholeheartedly. There is no room for weakness in war. The Japanese understood this, as do most Muslims. We must respond in kind.

And George, I just want his corpse desecrated somehow. I really do.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 10:04:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

The msm are, without much success, trying to drum up sympathy for this jihadipsycho. But the voices of Giuliani and one particular widower are so powerful.

I'll be surprised if he doesn't get the death penalty.

I say, "Execute him with squealing pigs nearby. Then feed his sorry dead ass to the pigs!"

Friday, April 07, 2006 1:55:00 am  
Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

Ah, I'm like your resolve, gals and guys of IBA! Now let me see if I can catch what Rudy said today ...

Friday, April 07, 2006 2:11:00 am  
Blogger Cubed © said...

I vote for execution.

I say this even though I'm not ordinarily crazy about the death penalty. My concern isn't a warm fuzzy one where I feel sorry for the convicted person. Morally, someone who murders another person waives his right to his own life and so deserves to die.

The reason I'm not crazy about it is because 1) we can make mistakes no matter how hard we try not to (look at all the people freed after DNA testing became available), and 2) if we do make a mistake, it's one of the few mistakes for which there can be no restitution.

Having said that, Moussaoui should be killed. He should never have been tried in a criminal court in the first place; he is not a criminal, he is a combatant, albeit apparently an inept one. He should have been tried in a military court.

He is our sworn enemy, and he would take any opportunity to kill us, and apparently, there was a lot of evidence that his effort to harm us was quite serious.

If we do not put an end to him, we not only risk years and years of demonstrations by his sympathisers on his behalf, but attempts by his colleagues to gain his freedom by kidnapping or otherwise harming Americans.

Saturday, April 08, 2006 1:49:00 am  

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