Friday, May 05, 2006

Moussaoui Got What He Deserved

In watching the Moussaoui trial from amidst my term papers, I am not surprised that the tactics of the prosecution shifted to a method of blood chill though I am disappointed. The tapes of Flight 93 and the sad stories of loved ones lost on 9/11 excite the emotions, but do not give any substance to Moussaoui's proximate involvement. The link is William F. Buckley's article that puts it all in perspective.

Fitting the Crime

My thought all along is that the proximate cause of 9/11 wasn't Moussaoui, it was Mohammed Atta and co. with Al Qaida who helped plan the attack. Any governments or individuals who knowingly helped fund the attack were remotely involved. Where does Moussaoui fit in?

He had malice, for he initially engaged in the plan, but he never carried it out and now is alive to receive our wrath. He had knowledge and could have averted this attack by giving information to the authorities to stop it from happening. However, in his hatred of the United States, he kept silent. He was the remote negative cause for the deaths of 3,000 Americans.

To put him to death for 9/11 would have been a travesty in justice from a Catholic perspective. He had no proximate involvement with the killings. He didn't actively kill anyone. But he could have prevented it. That is why I think he deserves life in prison without a shred of hope of the possibility of parole. He should remain in solitary left to think of all the virgins he could have had and seeing how in his stupidity, missed the chance to become an Islamic hero. Oh...and no television either.

My appeal to anyone who reads this is we need to maintain sound principles of justice and NOT allow the emotions of a despicable act cloud our judgment. Moussaoui is a low-life scoundrel who hates Americans and acted despicably in court. Let's beware of falling into a vengeful blood lust lest we become like the highjackers themselves.


At 2:25 PM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

I'm with you (though I'm not RC of course). Read my blog about it today. I think it's fitting.

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Kathleen said...

I agree with you, too. His sentence is perfect.

At 2:05 AM, Blogger ts said...

wow. i agree as well. i'm actually surprised more people haven't been screaming about his sentence. sadly, it seems most americans (not us here, apparently) are blood-thirsty when it comes to handing down the death penalty. did you know the united states is one of the top executors of criminals per capita in the world?

moussaoui is going to a super-max penitentiary in colorado where he'll basically be in solitary confinement for the rest of his miserable days. personally, if i were him and could choose, i'd prefer death.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Underground Logician said...

TS, Kathleen and Saur:

I think the death penalty should be used rarely. TS, I agree that some Americans use the emotions of 9/11 to justify the death penalty. There's a big difference between justice and revenge. We don't need to re-enact the "justice" of the French Revolution all over again.


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