Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, April 03, 2006

Zacarias Moussaoui

Now that it has been determined that Moussaoui is “eligible” for execution, I can’t help but wonder if any of the victim’s families from 9/11 will be allowed to witness the probable execution. Should Moussaoui be found guilty, which let’s be honest he has pleaded guilty, and then executed, the families of the more than 3,000 people killed on 9/11 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, should be allowed to attend. Although there is still a chance that Moussaoui will not be executed by reason of insanity, as his lawyers supposedly are going to try to suggest that he is schizophrenic because of an impoverished childhood during which he faced racism in France over his Moroccan ancestry, if he is sentenced to death the families of so many innocent people should be allowed to attend the execution of a man who sat, contemplated, and planned an attack intended to kill thousands of innocent people.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think they should kill him. He WANTED to die for his cause, if we execute, he actually gets his way. Keeping him alive is actually much more of a punishment. Funny to read that he was basically the "nerd" of the terrorists, and that leaders of Al Qaida turned off their phones because he bugged them so much.

Tue Apr 04, 05:19:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, being executed and dying as a martyr is not the same thing. He does not get his 40 virgins if the government executes him, but if he is sent to prison for life he does have the chance to kill there, and for killing an “infidel” in prison and then being executed for it he would be considered a martyr. If the government kills him now, he loses and we win.

Tue Apr 04, 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Not sure how many 9-11 Families would be interested in watching this vicious whack-job terrorist wannabe get his just desserts. I seem to remember that a few Oklahoma City families were allowed to watch Tim McVeigh get his. If nothing else, the Moussaoui trial has proved first that the US judicial system is perfectly capable of trying accused terrorists (as opposed to secret tribunals or no trial at all) and second, that our system of the rule of law is superior. In how many other countries of the world would this man have ever seen the inside of a courtroom?

Wed Apr 05, 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

True, they might not have seen the inside of courtroom in other countries, but sometimes having the rule of law take a back seat to some good ol’ fashioned justice isn’t too bad either.

Wed Apr 05, 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I disagree. Without the rule of law, there IS no justice, only mob rule. Which is all fine and dandy, until the mob turns against you.

Wed Apr 05, 04:42:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Don’t get me wrong. I am 100% for the rule of law and laws should be followed and those who break the laws should suffer the consequences. But, there is also something very human in believing that the law sometimes does not go far enough. I have had the displeasure of knowing more than one girl who has been raped, the displeasure is of course not in knowing them, but in knowing that they were raped and the person who committed the rape was never brought to justice, often because the girl was too embarrassed about it afterwards or thought that if they did go to the police that nothing was going to come out of it. In such cases as those and in the case of Moussaoui, there is a very primal urge to exact revenge. In the case of Moussaoui, I don’t advocate revenge by those who lost someone close to them on 9-11, but I do advocate the opportunity for the victims to witness his execution should he be sentenced to death.

Wed Apr 05, 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I said a long time ago if they ever did catch Osama bin Laden (remember him? He used to be in all the papers), they should put him on trial in Federal Court in Manhattan. And appoint Rudy Giuliani as special prosecutor. And for the same reason we had the Nuremburg Trials--to demonstrate to our enemies and our friends that our system works.

Thu Apr 06, 01:15:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sure, put him on trial and then sentence him to death by execution. And that execution should be broadcast on the giant television in Time Square and on every cable and television station.
And it is not easy to find Osama, he is like 6’5” and on dialysis, I mean that could be any Islamic terrorist who is hiding in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan or western Pakistan.

Thu Apr 06, 02:07:00 PM  

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