Thursday, April 13, 2006

Idle Question of the Day

Am I alone in thinking that Zacarias Moussauoi comes off like the sort of nut who calls the police to turn himself in, claiming to have done something he didn't actually do?

[Defense lawyer ]Zerkin read out the quote from an August 2002 filing: "The greatest jihad is to tell the truth to the tyrant and be executed for it.

"What does 'the tyrant' refer to?" Mr Zerkin asked.

"Guess what," Moussaoui replied.

"No, I'm not going to guess," Mr Zerkin said.

"You and the American people," Moussaoui replied.
Uh huh.

And from the International Herald Tribune's account on March 28:
Zacarias Moussaoui... bolster[ed] the government's case by unhesitatingly acknowledging the charges in the indictment against him and adding a few new, self-incriminating statements....

Not only was he a member of the terror network, he told the jury, he also said that he knew most of the Sept. 11 hijackers, admitted that he lied to investigators about his knowledge of their plot...

He seemed testy only when being questioned by his own lawyer, who tried with little success to elicit replies that would help his case.
Even if I were a fan of the death penalty, Moussaoui would seem a poor candidate for execution. He's a buffoon. Does it really do any good to kill a buffoon?


At 8:22 PM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

I'm glad you raised the point, but to answer your question, no it hadn't occurred to me, even though I've lately become skeptical that there were any hijackers. [Moon landing? Duh! It happened. Tin foil hats? No benefit whatsoever, and I don't say that from experience.] I've been coasting on my past thoughts, which are that he sounds like a suicidal die-hard ideologue gunning for the martyrdom of which is ignominiously being deprived, and arguing with all the lackluster and erratic wit I expect in the people who become suicidal die-hard ideologues. But in a way this is just to say he seems sorta crazy, which is consistent with your hypothesis as well.


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