Similarly, Frozen-Pie-Crust worries that
...our criminal justice system has made the mistake of giving a former Al-Qaeda operative exactly what he wanted. Moussaoui is going to be hailed as a martyr in every screwed-up, hopeless, and seething Muslim housing project in Europe. In killing him, we fulfill his wishes as well as those of militant, fundamentalist Muslims worldwide. It's the last in a long string of impulsive, stupid acts on our part that have played right into the hands of these psychos.
In her assessment of the defendant's likely fate, marylb strikes a tone of resignation:
The ruling told the story of a choice of what bad guy to believe and they went with Zacarias Moussaoui. Dahlia Lithwick goes with the theory based on logic that Moussaoui grew himself into the position of star player by puffing up his role in a badly lacking trial against him. It is hard to argue against given the evidence (or lack of evidence) so Lithwick's bottom line of "How lucky for Moussaoui that his fantasies and ours are such a perfect match" is the sad ending. Timothy McVeigh rushed headlong into his death penalty so now we add Moussaoui rushing by proxy. If Moussaoui sticks with this, there will be no court in the land that can or will help him on appeal. It just is.
Piney characterizes a would-be capital sentence as "suicide by jury":
We've had examples of "suicide by cop" before - cases where misfits have provoked police officers into killing them (like by displaying fake weapons) - but this will be the first time some nut commits suicide by jury. Since the administration went forum shopping for one of the venues most likely to impose a death penalty Moussoui will no doubt get his wish for immortality. How much nicer it would be to think of him rotting away into obscurity with no virgins to comfort him through eternity. Oh well, another Bush "win". Meanwhile, Bush will have his template for stopping the next attack - just wait for one of the conspirators to come forward and confess. Good plan.
Jurisprudence has been a hotbed of good pieces this week. Be sure to check out Bruce Ackerman's article on the Padilla enemy-combatant case, as well as Radley Balko's analysis of Fourth Amendment issues here. AC ... 9:05am PST
Friday, April 7, 2006
The Faith-Based Fray has been fruitfully discussing Steven Waldman's taxonomy of the religious left.
Veteran Frayster BenK provides a forceful illustration of what Waldman characterizes as the "disgust with the secular left" held by religious liberals:
Secularist socialists, having demonized the evangelicals as uncaring, as shocked when they find that the evangelicals are having their own debates about the best way to serve the community. They are shocked to find 'allies' inside the 'enemy' ranks. They have been blinded by their own prejudices to understand that in fact, all the evangelicals are trying to do good for the poor - they just think that 'good' is something fundamentally different than what the secularists apparently do, and that moralizing dictators can't make a system work in the long run.
Lest we doubt that the feelings of suspicion are mutual, tiponeill offers a pithy secular takedown of perceived opportunism behind the religious left's agenda. Tenzo confesses a fear of practitioners of the odd confessions: