Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wannabe Martyrs? Zacarias Moussaoui and the Gitmo Five

The Obama Administration is reported to be “gravely concerned” that by permitting Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four accused 9/11 co-conspirators to plead guilty it could be fulfilling their “desire” for martyrdom. But is it in fact the aim of KSM and his co-conspirators to incur the death penalty and thus achieve “martyrdom”? Well, it should be recalled that the virtual entirety of the American media said the same thing about Zacarias Moussaoui. A closer look at the transcripts of the Moussaoui trial reveals, however, that the leitmotif of virtually all Moussaoui’s motions and statements before the court was precisely, as he put it, “the defense of the life that Allah, the most masterful, has granted to me.”

See my new article on here.

And as an extra NewMajority is also publishing for the first time the complete transcripts of Moussaoui's testimony at his 2006 trial. See "The Moussaoui Transcripts" here.