Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Was he or wasn't he?

Zacarias Moussaoui is a real card, isn't he?
He's always got us on, telling us that, no, he wasn't the 20th hijacker for 9-11, then saying yes, he was, then coming up with another story. The latest, Monday, came in a Virginia courtroom...
Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified yesterday that he and would-be shoe bomber Richard C. Reid were supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on September 11 and fly it into the White House.
Moussaoui's testimony on his own behalf stunned the Alexandria courtroom as his account was in stark contrast to his previous statements.
This is going on during the penalty phase of his trial, in which Moussaoui could be sentenced to death. That may be just what he wants...
Defense attorney Edward MacMahon had told the jury that Moussaoui wanted martyrdom and that the only way he could achieve that would be if the jury gave him the death penalty.
Three times, [prosecutor Rob] Spencer asked Moussaoui a version of this question: "If you get the death penalty, you are not a martyr?"
"It's more complex," Moussaoui said. "It depends."
"Depends on what?" Mr. Spencer asked.
"If you have fought to the best of your ability," Moussaoui said.
Well, considering he's acted very much like a bumbling idiot, I would say he's failed to fight to the best of his ability, unless he's such a dunderhead that his ability is unquestionably limited.
So, by that standard, even if he should get the death penalty, he would not qualify as a martyr.
Sorry, Zach, you can't have those 72 virgins after all.