And the Verdict Is…Life

Squeezed May 4, 2006

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” –Deuteronomy 30:19

For all its shortcomings, our criminal justice system has triumphed yet again. The jury made its choice…life.

This day, we’ve sent a message to the world. The actions of our government notwithstanding, Americans are, basically, good people. As a whole, we are not vindictive. We are not petty. We are fair-minded individuals. You can knock down our buildings, but you can never destroy the freedoms on which our country is based.

And in the final analysis, the jury probably gave Moussaoui the worst possible punishment. Because, when it comes down to it, Moussaoui wanted to be a martyr. If not on board one of the airliners that took down the World Trade Center, then to be sentenced to death by the Great Satan, the enemy to Allah.

By sentencing him to life in prison, Moussaoui has probably suffered a punishment worse than death…to live out the rest of his days isolated from civilization.

And then face final judgment at the end of his days.

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