A Terrorist Gets Life Without Parole

My Catholicism tells me in no uncertain terms that I should not support the death penalty. With a failed Sept. 11 terrorist like Zacarias Moussaoui, I find that difficult, especially after hearing his taunts: “America, you lost. I won!”
BUT (big but)… I found this line of thought…

When was the last time you thought of Serhan Serhan? Well, I barely even noticed that he died in 2004: that’s how much of a non-entity he’s been since 1968. Ditto Dwight David Chapman and John Hinkley Jr.
How much will you or anyone think about Zacarias Moussaoui in five or ten years? You would have thought more about him, I am sure, if in five years his first (or maybe second) appeal had made the evening news.

But that’s not going to happen. Moussaoui will not be a martyr, and he will be forgotten. Alive, most likely, but forgotten.

From The Captain’s Quarters:

Now, however, he faces a very long time in prison and the gradual oblivion he deserves. Forty years from now, Moussaoui will die in this supermax facility of old age, and newspapers will have to explain to half of their readership exactly who this man was. Human rights groups will have no interest in him, and while a few lunatic terrorists will salute him in the near term, they will quickly move their focus to other martyrs and more intelligent and dangerous leaders. Hollywood celebrities will not hold benefits for his defense. Publishers of children’s books will not offer him book deals. Candles will not be lit for his benefit. He gets to live in a cage for decades, and die almost anonymously and unremarkably.

The Captain may have a point. As they say, read the whole thing.

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