As a free country, we pride ourselves in being just and giving even the worst offenders in our society the same fair and impartial treatment as anyone else in our criminal justice system.   This is one of our greatest virtues.  When we try to extend this sort of virtuous treatment to the likes of the two terrorists currently on trial at Guantanamo Bay for the 9/11 attacks it becomes our greatest folly.

The trial has barely started and already the defendants are creating disruptions and seem intent on making a mockery of both the trial and the deaths of the thousands of people they killed.   Just as reprehensible are the defense attorneys who plan on making hundreds of motions designed to put the military on trial as part of their strategy to turn the tables on the tribunal and make the defendants appear to be the victims of abuse, hostility, and injustice.

Let’s get real here.  The defendants have proudly admitted to being the masterminds behind all of the attacks that took place on 9/11.  One of the defendants also has boasted that he personally committed the killing of a kidnapped American reporter by slitting his throat while on video tape for the whole world to see, including the victim’s family.   It is ludicrous to view their conduct as mere crimes when by any reasonable estimation these were barbaric acts of war designed to advance their goal of destroying our way of life.

It is a virtue to give even a hardened and unremorseful criminal in our society all of the rights and protections that we afford every other citizen or resident.   It is complete folly to extend these same rights and protections to terrorists who are part of a worldwide network of fanatics that want to destroy us.

I say that we should not and need not be so generous as to extend to these admitted terrorists the benefits of the free society that they hoped to terminate.   Perhaps, it would be a more fitting and just end to these terrorists if they were waterboarded one last time, along with their lackey attorneys, on their way to being summarily executed in a most gruesome manner.

May I suggest that we leave them on top of a very tall burning building?

On Wednesday, Joe comments on the selective nature of our freedom of speech in “Only Free To Say What They Want To Hear”.