May 4, 2006, - 2:07 pm
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.
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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