Thursday, May 04, 2006

Moussaoui To "Die With a Whimper"

No matter what you think about Zacarias Moussaoui's sentencing, you have to love Judge Leonie Brinkema's poetic flair: "Mr. Moussaoui, you came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory," she said, "but to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper."

I wonder what the reward in paradise is for that.

Moussaoui is clearly unstable and we'll hear no more from him after he's spirited away to his new home in an undisclosed "supermax" prison (apparently not code for "Pakistan") where he'll have zero contact with the outside world. A delusional narcissist who loves the sound of his own voice and the idea of his own legacy even more than he hates the West, Moussaoui might even spill a thing or two. Unfortunately, I'm guessing "a thing or two" basically exhausts Moussaoui's thin grip on reality, a circumstance that clearly influenced the sentencing.

Apparently not satisfied with American jurisprudence, Moussaoui's mother begged the family's native France (renowned champion of liberty) to act. "Now he is going to die in little doses," she said. "He is going to live like a rat in a hole. What for? They are so cruel."

Little doses? Seems about right.


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