Sad Day for Democracy
Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, will be tried in a military court, possibly at Guantanamo.
We have a criminal justice system that is not perfect but has worked satisfactorily to assure the rights of the accused while bringing terrorists to justice.
To me, the decision that the 9/11 suspects can’t be tried in the criminal justice system underscores the lack of faith that many in the U.S. have in democracy.
It was foolish to propose that the trial be held in New York City. It would have cost taxpayers too much. It would have created even more tension, fear and a painful reliving of events than did the Air force One plane that sped across the Manhattan skyline in a photo-op that New Yorkers weren’t warned about.
The trial could have been held somewhere else.
Meanwhile, the religious zealot who burned the Koran in Florida and is causing havoc in Afghanistan has the protection of the U.S. constitution. There is no law against burning bibles, flags, or Korans.
Apparently, his actions couldn’t be interpreted as a hate crime.
In my mind he is no different from the Taliban in his fundamentalist belief and the rage and fury that informs his black and white view of the world and his grandiose sense that he, and only he, has insight into the correct interpretation of the Muslim religion as well, I suspect, as Christianity.