Thursday, May 04, 2006

In defense of making martyrs...

While Nico makes the argument that he'd rather see Moussaoui rot in jail than make him a martyr, I just can't go along with it. I can see the martyr argument having weight in some cases, but when dealing with terrorists it doesn't wash. They hate us because we aren't them. They long for our destruction with religious zeal, not because we support Isreal or because they had bad childhoods or any other radical Islam apologist reason you can come up with, but because it is their fervent desire to restore the caliphate and bring the world under the rule of shari'a and our way of life just doesn't gibe with that. They want to kill us because our continuation is an affront to their beliefs. Executing Moussaoui or any other captured terrorist isn't going to make them want to kill us more.

As for his being a martyr or being locked in prison, which sounds like the better strategy in keeping terrorist organizations from recruiting:

If we executed Moussaoui: You can engage in jihad, but if you get caught you will be executed by the infidel in shame rather than dieing in combat for Allah and slaying the unbeliever wherever you may find him.

We don't execute him: Americans are weak and haven't the stomach to execute a man who is their sworn enemy even though he stood before them and expressed his desire to kill them. Bin Laden already likened us to a paper tiger after the withdrawal from Somalia...

Having a martyr isn't going to make them hate us any extra. Exhibit A.


Blogger TNIRISHFAN said...

We are a country of gutless wonders when it comes to our justice system.
I really wish we would have knelt him in front of a live camera, shot him in the crotch and then one in the left eye.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous nico said...

My comment about his "martyrdom" wasn't that it'd inflame the radical Islamists more, it's that Moussaoui himself won't get the satisfaction of "dying for the cause." He'll be shamed by sitting in prison until he's dead and gone and only remembered occasionally when he pops up in the future as a Trivial Pursuit question.

I'm not talking global reasons for imprisonment, I'm talking personal reasons for doing it. Oh yeah, if it were up to me, he'd be doing solitary too. I forgot to point that out the first time. Lock him up, by himself, for the rest of his life.

8:36 PM  
Blogger TNIRISHFAN said...

They are saying that he will be in as close to permanent solitary confinement as our government allows

9:21 PM  

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