Lessons from Verdict of Monsieur Moussaoui
The jury in the sentencing phase of 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui recommendedThat outburst from the Prisioner gave me several thoughts while I went to the store and back. Here's what I wish I could say to him:
Wednesday he should serve life in prison without parole. He is the first person
tried in the United States for the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people. As
he was being led from court, Moussaoui clapped his hands and said: "America, you
lost. I won."
Monsieur Moussaoui, you lost your soul when you were in cohoots with the others
You will have a long time to think about your evil plots and why they were wrong
Justice can be compassionate, unlike the radical people who have twisted your religion in which most who are Islamic ideally want to practice peace and understanding
I hope you will be able to meet a compassionate cleric who can help steer you through this darkness you have chosen to be in
But in one way, the prisoner is right; America lost because of Bush's hate and revenge and how he tied so many lies of 9/11 against Iraq; it is should not be an example or our way to practice justice. We are not far in numbers how many our soldiers have been killed from the numbers of 9/11, and no telling how many Iraqis are dead.
More than ever, we need to equate justice with compassionate fairness. Just look at Abraham Scott, who has a foundation in the name of his wife, Janice, who was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11, and now has peace. Mr. Scott can move on knowing another person did not die, despite being a perpetrator, because of 9/11. He is off to celebrate by delivering two scholarships in Colorado from his wife's foundation. What a wonderful way to look at life by educating our children instead of turning to hate.
And from Rosemary Dillard, whose husband Eddie died in the attacks, said of Moussaoui: "He's a bad man, but we have a fair society." She said of terrorists: "We will treat them with respect no matter what they do to us."
So to Monsieur Moussaouri, after you are sentenced, you can or will begin the road to healing, but with the understanding you violated mankind by your deed, which is why you will be in prison for the rest of your days.
Walk With Me Through this Day--JRE, 9/11/2004
Hope this prisoner will read JRE's speech some day.