Well, after weeks of angst in the press, the jury has finally reached a verdict. The jury in the Zacarias Moussaoui case came back with a sentence of life in prison. Moussaoui decided to take the opportunity to try and rub it in everyone’s face, saying, “America, you lost.” The question is, did we really lose?
Personally, I don’t think there was any way we could totally win in this case. It was a win/win – lose/lose situation. Execute him and he’s dead, but we run the risk that he is seen as a martyr. Give him life, and stash him away in a cell never to be heard from again, and justice is still done, yet America seems weak for not executing him. The only way I think we could truly win in this situation would be to execute him via firing squad with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood (something I believe the Israelis did, and a tactic possibly used by General John ‘Black Jack’ Pershing prior to WWI, though I haven’t found a confirming source on that). That’ll never happen (Congress ordered the military not to use bullets manufactured in Israel because it would be politically incorrect), but one can hope.
Well, that’s not the only way we could win…we could also hang him with a lard-soaked rope…but that won’t happen, either.
But either way, Moussaoui was wrong: America hasn’t lost. Yes, America faced a great loss on 9/11, but this silly verdict isn’t the indictment of America that people seem to think it is. Moussaoui himself lost the day he was caught. This verdict is a sign of America’s slide toward its eventual downfall – when we become too PC to execute a confessed terrorist who would gladly kill as many Americans as he could were he given the chance simply because he was teased as a child, you know that America has some serious problems. But America hasn’t lost.
Hopefully, not ever.