May 4, 2006, - 2:07 pm

WWI Sedition Convictions vs. WWIII Moussaoui Sentence

By Debbie Schlussel
On the same day that the Ghost of O.J.’s Jury refused to send terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui to his deserving end, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer granted posthumous pardons for 78 people convicted of sedition during World War I.
Most of those that Schweitzer pardoned were working-class people of German descent, who were convicted of breaking the law and served–on average–19 months in prison for casual comments made in bars, criticizing the U.S. role in WWI, or refusing to buy war bonds.
Contrast that harsh treatment in a time of war for lawful acts with our harsh tolerance during our time of war for unlawful and detrimental ones. Americans during WWI weren’t even fighting the Nazis, but they understood what was going on. 75 men and three women, who did very little, were locked up and undeservedly so. Today, men (and women) who engage in blatantly terrorist activities are acquitted or go free for some other noxious reason.

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Today, a jury says we are such a great country because we don’t kill mass-murdering terrorists, as that same jury refused to do to Moussaoui. But there is no glory in not meting out justice. There is no glory in weakness. There is no glory in absolute tolerance. There is only weakness–obtrusive weakness easily exploited by the enemy.
“Look at yourselves. I fight for my belief.” Moussaoui said it. And for once, he is right.
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4 Responses

Yeah, what a great country. Now my tax dollars will go to feeding, clothing, providing legal fees, and housing for this creep.

Jeff_W on May 4, 2006 at 2:48 pm

As far as Moussaouni’s bye-bye quote,maybe “he was right”;even though I’m partial to(I think Mad Dog Vincent Coll’s)”I can do dat standin’ on my head.” But for all jurors who believe that the death penalty is immoral,I’m “assuming” they also
believe that doin’ time is nuthin’ but legalized
kidnappin’.

jaywilton on May 5, 2006 at 8:29 am

No Americans at all died in WWI fighting Nazis. The National Socialist German Workers Party was not founded until the early 1920s, and didn’t assume power until 1933. The U.S. didn’t go to war with the Nazi regime until (late) 1941. This was part of what historians refer to as World War *II*. It is important to distinguish this from World War I, a senseless bloodbath fought among greedy, mostly superannuated imperial powers which the U.S. should probably have skipped. Yes, I know that Wilson (possibly the second or third worst president ever) was a Democrat.
I feel so fortunate that those who dominate the U.S. one-party state and quisling media have such a steel trap grasp of history and world events!
Cheers.

ah on May 8, 2006 at 10:42 am

When I’m wrong, I admit it. You did not say that WWI was fought against Nazis, as I thought on my first scan of your post. Consider my previous comment retracted. Admittedly, such a gross historical error would be astounding even on a right-wing blog, but not inconceivable.

ah on May 8, 2006 at 11:05 am

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