“America, You Lost!”
A Federal jury recommended a life sentence for Zacarias Moussaoui today. On the way out of the courtroom – as the spotlight began to move off of him – Moussaoui is reported to have said “America, You Lost!” Which immediately made me think of him as a combination of Nelson Muntz and Dr. Evil. Zacarias can learn about these wonderful products of our culture over the remaining span of his natural life, which he will no doubt spend pretty much alone in a supermax prison.
Commentators at National Review’s the Corner, on the other hand, apparently don’t see things the same way. John Podhoretz contributed the following gem:
“There is only one justifiable reason for a juror to make this choice. That juror has to believe the death penalty is wrong under any and all circumstances. To imagine that there can be any mitigating circumstance regarding Moussaoui’s actual guilt is moral idiocy of the highest order.
Alas, that moral idiocy was clearly at work in the jury deliberations.”
I’ve got to wonder why Podhoretz thinks we should bother going through the motions of a penalty trial at all?