Crime and Punishment

The exploded terrorist is an example to all his co-religionists – kill Israelis and you die with your slippers on. The US should adopt Israeli practice with the 9/11 killers.

He was a mega-murderer – mostly of Americans:

His more infamous terror attacks include the April 1983 bombing of the US embassy in Beirut, killing 63; the October 1983 simultaneous truck bombings on the US Marine and French paratrooper barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Marines and 58 French soldiers; the hijacking of TWA 847; the kidnappings and murders of US military, intelligence and diplomatic personnel in Beirut; the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1992, killing 29 people; the bombing of a Jewish cultural center in 1994, killing 86 people.

He is suspected of direct involvement in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 US servicemen.

He was also behind the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers in northern Israel, the event that triggered the Israel-Hezbollah War in July 2006.

The Israels:

The method of assassination — by booby-trapped automobile — …bears Israel’s signature. The Jerusalem Post reported the car’s driver’s seat and the rear seat were “blown away by the force of the blast” in a well-placed bomb.

This description matched the assassination Izz El-Deen Sheikh Khalil, a key Hamas operative in Damascus, who was killed by Israeli intelligence in September 2004..

The 9/11 organizers deserve the same summary justice, although Brown’s government thinks otherwise (my ellipsis):

David Miliband (Brown’s SecState) has risked a diplomatic row with Washington by admitting Britain has “concerns” about the US plan to try terrorist suspects before military tribunals.

The Foreign Secretary questioned whether Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others accused of planning the September 11 attacks would get a fair trial.

Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for Mohammed, a Pakistani al-Qa’eda operative arrested in Karachi in 2003, and five alleged conspirators accused of assisting in the murder of almost 3,000 people in the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

Much of the evidence used to draw up the charges, however, was obtained during interrogations using water-boarding, a CIA interrogation method many lawyers argue is a form of torture.

Being waterboarded is a lesser form of torture than being burned to death, and the US would save itself a huge amount of whining if it followed Israeli practice.

There’s still time.

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