April 24, 2006, - 10:18 pm

She Said It: Quote of the Day

With today’s wrap-up of closing arguments in the Moussoaui trial, came this televised quote from Rosemary Dillard, a flight attendant whose husband, Eddie Dillard, was murdered in the 9/11 attacks (he was a passenger on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon):

To those who say [that by sentencing Moussaoui to death], we’ll make him a martyr, no we won’t make him a martyr. We’ll make him one dead Muslim man.

Widow Rosemary Dillard Lost Her Husband Eddie in the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

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Justice Z S Lohat, Metropolitan Magistrate of Delhi gave a landmark verdict discharging Rajkumar Arya and Indra Sain Sharma on 31 July, 1986. I give below the operative portion from his judgement:
‘It is found that the Ayats are reproduced in the same form as are translated in the said ‘Quran Majeed’. In my opinion the writer by writing the above words has expressed his opinion or suggestion and at the most it can be branded as a fair criticism of what is contained in the holy book of Mohammedans’.. With due regard to the holy book of ‘Quran Majeed’, a close perusal of the Ayats shows that the same are harmful and teach hatred and are likely to create differences between Mohammedans on one hand and the remaining communities on the other. In view of the above discussion, I am therefore of the view that there is no prima facie case against the accused as offences alleged against the accused do not fall prima facie within the four corners of Sections 153-A/295-A of the Indian Penal Code and hence both of the accused are discharged’.

hutchrun on April 25, 2006 at 12:30 am

Rosemary Dillard was GREAT in Fahrenheit 9/11. Surely you remember her in that movie, dontcha, Deb? Because I know you loved it so much. When she called for more thorough investigations into the Bush Administration’s actions before and after 9/11. A true patriot, indeed, whether calling for the execution of Moussoaui or calling for investigations into the administrations BS.

mxmat2 on April 25, 2006 at 9:15 am

Rosemary Dillard gets it right about this 7th century barbarian.
For those LIBS who want to spare Mouse-oaui the death penalty, they should listen to Debra Burlingame, the sister of the pilot who was murdered when his plane was slammed into the Pentagon.
She said that Mouse-oaui doesn’t want to die, his courtroom antics notwithstanding. She also said that Moslums, around the world, view us as decendants of apes and pigs. They consider themselves far and above the rest of mankind because they consider themselves the true believers. Therefore, for one of us (apes and pigs) to execute one of them sends a very strong message to the Muslum world. His execution at the hands of apes and pigs would be humiliating to them.
I agree with Debra Burlingame. These 7th century barbarians have to get the message that civilzed man is not going to tolerate their barbarism any longer.

Thee_Bruno on April 25, 2006 at 10:23 am

That ought to go down as one of the great quotes of the 21st Century.

KnightoftheImpaler on April 25, 2006 at 10:42 am

I think it’s time someone took issue with this “Martyr” garbage.
I should stipulate that I am a death penalty opponent. That said, the reasons for or against executing this guy have nothing to do with whether execution would make him a martyr. More succinctly, he would not be a martyr if he were executed.
Martyrs are those who die in the defence of their faith and are sanctified by it. Moussoaui’s execution would have nothing to do with defending his faith or his God. No one in the US, or the west in general, is persecuted for their belief in God (though if you try to mention Christmas in some public places, you might think otherwise…but that’s another story…)
If he is executed, then I suggest that his Judgement before God will, in all liklihood be a far different proceeding than in the US District Court. I believe that he will be greatly surprised by the attitude taken by God/Allah/(any other name He has)…far different than the one enjoyed by, for instance, Joan of Arc, St Paul etc.
If the issue was “martyrdom” I would say bring it on. Unfortunately,there are other issues that prevent me being able to support the existence of a death penaly (even in cases in which it may well be a “just” punishment”)relating mostly to the inherent faults of the criminal justice system as a method for finding guilt.

Blaise on April 25, 2006 at 11:46 am


Paul on April 25, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Can’t we just legalize cruel and unusual punishment for special cases like this?

Concerned Conservative on April 25, 2006 at 1:54 pm

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