Friday, May 05, 2006
Well, it's been all over the news for two days now -- Moussaoui has been sentenced to life in prison for the part he played as a conspirator in the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. Many are torn over the verdict, some angry that he was not given the death penalty instead. Moussaoui will spend the rest of his days in solitary confinement at the only Super Maximum Security prison in the United States, located in Colorado. At one point in the proceedings, Moussaoui hissed, "God curse America, and God save Osama bin Laden! You will never get him!" Even after he had been sentenced, Moussaoui continued to spit his vile insults in the courtroom, telling the judge and jury, "America, you lost! . . . I won!". His comment was met with disdain by Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, who according to reporteers replied by saying, "You came here to be a martyr and to die in a big bang of glory, but to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, you will die with a whimper."
I am not interested in stirring up a huge political debate -- but I am curious about your opinons due to all of the controversy that has been sparked by this verdict. Do you think Moussaoui should have been sentenced to death? Or is the life sentence fitting? I'm just curious what some of you make of the situation...