Killing Tsarnaev would be too lenient

I think that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should get the severest penalty possible: being locked up and the key thrown away. Death would be too easy.

He wants to die, so that he’ll collect his payoff from the god Holy Murder quicker. Or at least he wanted to when he was running from the police, according to a note that he wrote:

I’m jealous of my brother who has received the reward of jannutul Firdaus (inshallah) before me. I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in this boat and shed some light on our actions. I ask Allah to make me a shahied to allow me to return to him and be among all the righteous people in the highest levels of heaven. He who Allah guides no one can misguide. Allah Akbar!

If I believed in Hell, I might have a different opinion, but letting him die thinking he’s going to collect a huge reward and then suffering no further consequences is just too easy.

Note from Tsarnaev, with bullet holesWhat about the deterrent value of killing him? Islamic terrorists aren’t deterred by death. They welcome it. They kill themselves along with their victims so that Holy Murder will give them their virgins right away. I find it strange how many conservatives haven’t grasped this. Here’s a piece from Fox News:

If we don’t send Islamic terrorists to death row here in the United States, to me, that sends a message to the outside world — and to any terrorist — that we’re weak. …

If we don’t send Islamic terrorists to death have we really won?

Gretchen Carlson really seems to think that Islamic terrorists are deterred by the fear of death. I just don’t see how anyone who’s followed the news this century can think that. If anything, his death might encourage some other killer to “avenge” his “martyrdom” on more innocent people. But there’s at least some reason to think they’d be deterred by the prospect of a miserable existence where they can’t do any harm or imagine they’re collecting any reward. The prison he’s likely to go to is Hell enough for anyone.

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Boston’s summer of the DNC, 2004

In 2004, Boston was effectively shut down for a week as the Democratic National Convention, with Tom Menino’s help, shoved everyone out of the way. I wrote quite a few blog posts about it back then; they’re no longer available in their original location, but I’ve collected some of them into a page on the Democratic occupation of Boston.

In my first post, I hoped that someday “people will look back on Boston in 2004 as a period of insanity comparable to the McCarthy hearings.” In the last one, I reported that the state of emergency had been made permanent. We’re still living in it, as the latest Super Bowl shows.

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After the Boston murders

Yesterday three people were killed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and others are in critical condition as I’m writing this. CNN has declared this to be “terrorism,” even though there have been no reports of a suspect or an arrest and no proclamations of responsibility. Lots of people, including me, have pet theories, but we don’t know anything. It could be a politically motivated terrorist attack, but terrorists generally proclaim their grounds for killing, otherwise people won’t know what to be terrified of. It could be one person with an insane hatred of Boston, athletics, or anything else. About all we can confidently say is that it was deliberate murder and that the killer wasn’t particular about who died.

The best way to respond is to mourn the dead, find and punish the guilty, and continue with life. If, say, negligence had let a bridge collapse producing equivalent suffering, we’d know how to do this. In the present case, we’re already seeing opportunistic conclusions drawn and fingers pointed without evidence, and it won’t be long before politicians exploit people’s fear and sympathy with new power grabs.

It’s important to keep the event in perspective. Last year there were 58 homicides in Boston. Yesterday’s were particularly gruesome and public, but the killing of people is an ongoing concern.

We’ve also seen numerous stories of people who offered help in an emergency. Certainly every act to reduce human suffering must have disappointed the murderer.