Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Life Imprisonment

Zacarias Moussaoui has been given life imprisonment. I think he should have gotten the death penalty. The jury got off saying that he had "limited knowlege" of the September eleventh attacks. What does that mean?! He only knew that one plane was going to hit New York? I don't care...if he knew that there was a plot to attack the United States and didn't, he should be held seriously accountible. Telling the authorities that there was a plot really isn't asking very much!

Even if he had been threatened with death if he had told, that wouldn't have justified remaining silent. Sorry bud, you are one life - New York, Washington, and that little field in Pennsylvania made up a little more than one life.

But it would have, in my mind, called into question whether he should be given the death penalty. But that's irrelevent because there isn't any evidence to suggest he remained silent upon fear of his life, but rather because he wanted to see America bleed.

Is he a serious threat and would he resort to his old ways if he had he chance? This is a serious necessary prerequisite under the United States and, moreover, in Catholic teaching. Yes, the man hates innocent lives and would do this again if he had the chance.

Another hurdle that must be cleared is whether the person is sane. Moussaoui was evalated and found to be able to stand trial.

Is he penitent? No.

Sounds like a worthy application to submit for the death penalty!

I remember late last year when the Governor's race was roaring here in Virginia. After Tim Kaine (a supposed Catholic) was elected, he said that oh, he believes very strongly in his Church's teaching on abortion and the death penalty. Well that's rich when you consider he's pro-abortion. But what made me slap my forehead more was the fact that the Church does not stand against the death penalty! It just doesn't! This is not my opinion, but plain and simple fact.

Now, people within the Church might have opinions about whether such-and-such a person should recieve capital punishment, but this is personal judgement passed on a particular case and not a condemnation of the principle itself. Pope John Paul II opposed the death penalty in the case of Timothy McVeigh (if memory serves), but upheld the Church's stance on the death penalty objectively.

On the contrary, the Church has always taught that not only is it possible for the death penalty to be applied justly, but in some cases the state is morally obliged to, when you have a real loon, enforce it for the good of society (though not if he's actually clinically insane, of course).

I don't see what loophole there is on which Zacarias Moussaoui gets out on.