The Wrong Punishment

The federal trial of Al Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui, who was once thought to be the “twentieth hijacker,” has entered the sentencing phase and seems certain to end in a death sentence for the hapless would-be terrorist. Moussaoui, the only person to be tried for the 9/11 attacks, pled guilty to six counts of conspiracy to commit terrorism. Whether he will be executed is the unanswered question. Moussaoui’s aspirations as a terrorist are not in doubt, but his...

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