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An odd rant

May 15, 2006

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To the editor:

Cal Thomas' column on the opinion page of the May 6 Journal-World reveals his logical "squishiness" when he argues for the death of Zacarias Moussaoui. His plea for "just desserts" also goes by the label "an eye for an eye," a moral stance long shown to be savage, emotional and ineffective. (One particular leader in moral matter, Jesus of Nazareth, teaches another way.)

Thomas' idea of "restitution" is quite embarrassingly dumb: Sure, stolen property can be restored by the perpetrator, but not the life of a murder victim through the killing of the murderer. Capital punishment doesn't bring back the victim! The jury in the Moussaoui case won the moral high ground by not resorting to execution.

The Journal-World should censure Thomas for his odd rant and spare us his "objective truth."

Tim O'Brien,

Lawrence

Comments

Kelly Powell 8 years, 5 months ago

They did not off him, in my opinion, not for mercy but to not allow him to be a martyr......that is why he is in supermax, to not allow him to to be killed by the general populace. Personally, I would rather be executed than slowly driven mad by a lifetime of solitary confinement.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 5 months ago

They didn't execute him because his only crime was being a complete wacko, and being an easy target for scapegoating by an administration that has gleefully exploited terrorism for political gain.

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mikeisthename 8 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Moussaoui was already prepared to die due to his religion. The death penalty could have been the easy way out for him. A life sentence at the supermax prison in solitary seems the best thing. Kind of makes me think of the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi where those who fall in are digested for 1000 years. Odd, huh?

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xenophonschild 8 years, 5 months ago

They're doing the right thing. The world will move on, but puke-boy will be rotting in solitary for long, long years. One thing, he won't have access to the rest of the Muslim whitey-haters in the general population of any federal prison who would lionize him for his enmity toward America. He is going to be all alone . . . him and Allah.

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bankboy119 8 years, 5 months ago

There was one juror that didn't vote for the execution. The jury doesn't even know who wasn't voting for it. I believe that one juror helped America take the high road.

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yourworstnightmare 8 years, 5 months ago

There was a reason that Moussauoi was not on that airliner. Supposedly Al Quaeda leaders realized what a imbecil he was and basically kicked him off of the operation.

Certainly the death of one man could not avenge the terrorist attacks in NYC and Washington. The numbers of dead in Iraq keep rising, paying the price for something they did not buy. It will be interesting to see what number of dead Iraqis and US soldiers will avenge the terrorist acts on September 11, 2001.

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