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Desperately Seeking Martyrdom

by | 4th, April 2006

‘WITH Condoleezza Rice and Jack Straw’s love affair moving on from Alabama and Blackburn to a sightseeing city break in Baghdad, this is a good moment to look at events in Iraq and matters terrorist.

Hoping to achieve lasting fame

And we begin by reading in the Telegraph that a jury in Virginia has agreed that Zacarias Moussaoui, the only al-Qaeda conspirator to face trial, can be put to death.

The jury has heard the evidence and decided that the French citizen did lie to the FBI; lies that led to the destruction of New York’s Twin Towers and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people.

The jury rejected the defence’s argument – always a long shot -that mistakes made by the American government played a major part the atrocity. Moussaoui refused to divulge knowledge that could have saved lives.

“You’ll never get my blood, God curse you all,” says the accused as the verdict is delivered. The jury must now decide if Moussaoui deserves the death sentence. If sentenced to death, the plotter will be invited to choose the electric chair or the lethal injection, as the Telegraph reports.

And that’s not his only choice. As the paper says, Moussaoui can either go quietly or seek martyrdom through execution. Given that he has taken to hurling abuse at the jurors, the accused appears to have already expressed a desire to become yet another so-called martyr.

Moussaoui may have failed in his murderous mission to fly a jet into the White House, but he appears keen to secure some kind of lasting fame.

He might be ‘not right in the head’, as Hambali, one of al-Qa’eda’s leaders in south-east Asia says, but Moussaoui will be a celebrity.

An ambition many of us in the West can at least relate to..’

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