Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Wants Martyrdom
Posted by Ryan on June 5, 2008
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the effectively waterboarded 9/11 mastermind sitting in a cell at Club Gitmo, wants to be “martyred.” He said so in front of a Military Tribunal today, along with a few of his co-defendants.
Our legal system will eventually sentence KSM to death — he’s admitted his part in the 9/11 attacks, is getting his day in court to move the process along, and wants to die. He’ll get his wish. While I’m a fan of the death penalty, I think maybe this guy should sit in prison for a while longer and think about what he did (perhaps 2,948 days or so). Why allow him to rape his virgins in heaven before we have to? Think of the virgins for Goodness sake!
Some still want to have civilian trials for these criminals, though there is no precedent for it and it would be a dangerous precedent if implemented. I have read the Geneva Convention (and posted on it about a year ago) on POWs and terrorists aren’t covered… specifically because they wanted to discourage the stateless, lawless nature of terrorism to be unsanctioned by international accords.