That's absurd. Typical of the "it's our fault mentality," sadly. These people hate us and want to kill us. You can't hope to appease them by not executing Moussaoui. WAKE UP!
who said anything about appeasing them? they don't have access to him, and they can't point to him as a martyr.
Honestly, why does their opinion matter? If you think it will make them want to attack us more, you're wrong, but even if you think that, the appropriate response is to try harder to kill them and prevent attacks, not to spare Moussaoui. The Islamofascists are animals who must be pounded into submission. They represent everything we, liberal and conservative alike, must oppose.
so are you saying he should have been executed for deterrence? retribution? both?
as for deterrence, these are suicide bombers we're talking about here, not your average american murder (who also isn't deterred by the death penalty very much). do you think the death penalty deters suicide bombers ... people who kill themselves for their cause? wasn't the iraq war supposed to be the big example, after all, of how america would respond to threats? how much has that deterred terrorism?
if you're not arguing for deterrence, this is all based on the premise that you're arguing with someone who agrees with the death penalty in principle for some type of retributive effect. you're not. if you're going to go that route we should just stop posting because i'm not going to beat that dead horse.
They represent everything we, liberal and conservative alike, must oppose.
so since life in prison w/solitary confinement doesn't "oppose" him enough to you, what you're really saying is that they represent everything we, liberal and conservative alike, must respond to conservatively. while trying to sound non-partisan, you're making an empty (and circular) statement here.
It's appeasement because you imply that fear of attack should preclude us from executing him, at least in part. That's what your original response implies, if that's not what you mean, please correct me.
I understand what you're implying about the Iraq war causing more terrorism, if you are referring to the insurgency. Obviously they wouldn't be attacking us in Iraq if we hadn't invaded because we wouldn't be there. But, I do think that military action to destroy al Qaeda is the only way to ultimately prevent attacks. My overall point was not really about Moussaoui, just a response to what I saw as your belief that not executing him will somehow prevent attacks. Hopefully, you recognize how wrong that idea is. I agree there's no point to debate the death penalty overall.