So said Heidi the airy CNN news reader regarding KSM's plea to be martyred at his hearing in Guantanamo today.
Gee, why the shock? Surely CNN wasn't disappointed they decided to grandstand about dying for the cause in front of the international cameras while simultaneously accusing the Bush administration of torture to boot. It's called jihad. It's called making the most out of the situation on their way off the end of the gang plank.
To desire acquittal would only mean they didn't want credit for pulling off the greatest attack on the great satan ever. These are men who value honor. They know they'll be found guilty. To let justice play out via an infidel court system that values secular law would only diminish the fight in both Iraq and Afghanistan while leaving them to rot in a cell beside cousin Ramzi and Shoeless Rich. The only takeaways left are scoring propaganda points and perhaps watering down future interrogation methods by whining about torture. After all, they're still at war.
And maybe that's why the CNN anchor was stunned. Perhaps like others she's programmed to believe the war was a failure and Bush is the real enemy. Seeing the cold-blooded jihadis responsible for 9/11 all lathered up about dying for the cause was just far too disruptive to the paradigm.
ON A RELATED NOTE 6/6/08
The New York Times and by extension the Huffington Post through Glenn Greenwald are trying to pin a flip-flop on McCain for his views on the warrantless wiretapping (TSP) based on this article. The Times, in an attempt to be fair and balanced, uses none other than Andrew McCarthy to bolster their charges. But for some reason they didn't mention this part of McCarthy's open letter to McCain:
I’ve only got one other question for the McCain campaign — more of a plea than a query: Why isn’t Sen. McCain leading on this crucial national-security issue?Indeed, but the insinuation here is that McCain was only pandering. Yet Mac, unlike Obama, voted against limiting presidential powers to go after terrorists and voted, unlike Obama, to not penalize telcoms for their support after 9/11 in preventing the next attack. These votes occurred during the primary season, where he needed right wing support. By saying he's now tacking even further right by failing to criticize the TSP when everyone knows moderates will make or break the election seems an odd premise.
This is a home-run waiting to happen. The Democrats, deeply in the thrall of the trial lawyers and Leftists who would prefer to see America vulnerable, are opposing commonsense legislation. Even the awful post-Watergate Congress, in its hostility to executive power, understood that foreign intelligence collection should not be managed by federal judges. Yet, the House Democrats’ position holds that if terrorists in Baghdad kidnap a U.S. Marine, we need to get a federal judge’s permission to authorize eavesdropping as those terrorists contact their confederates in Sadr City … or Tehran.
That’s lunacy. But it’s the Obama position. And it is classically symbolic of how the Democrats’ likely standard-bearer views our national security. McCain should be hammering him on this daily.