mercredi, mai 03, 2006

Woman enough to admit I'm wrong

About a week ago I predicted that the Moussaoui jury would go for the death penalty. I was wrong. We don't know why the jury how the jury arrived at that choice...Perhaps they thought it fit the crime of being an accessory, rather than an actor, in one of the worst crimes in our history. All we know is at the moment is that they chose life imprisonment. Undoubtedly we'll hear more as time goes on. Possibly it will be messy, as democracy so often is messy. We can be happy that Mr. Moussaoui is not going to be a martyr. He will, in all likelihood, become simply part of the fabric of our memories of that terrible moment in history when our dreams of an America safe from terrorists disappeared in the ashes of the Pentagon and World Trade Center. We don't need him to be center stage. Let that place be occupied by the blessed memory of those who died on September 11, 2001. In this moment let us also marvel at the courage and magnanimity of the survivors. They don't have our freedom to consign Moussaoui to some hidden corner of our consciousness. They were not united in agreement at this verdict and many expressed some regret. But they seemed, by and large, to agree that the juries' decision was in accord with the best traditions of our the American system of justice. Sadly, the prisoner's held at Guantanamo have not yet benefited from that system of justice-can we, in conscience, turn our heads on some very bad men and some men who were probably just in the wrong place at the wrong time? As the Moussaoui trial finally ends, we can honor the memory of those killed by Moussoui's colleagues by working hard with all of the tools we have in this democracy to make this not only a safer country, but a safer world.

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