Post # 1
I saw this earlier this morning and I find it fascinating, so I thought I would share. The story honestly gave me goosebumps. Regardless of your opinion on the death penalty, I think this guy is handling himself with a lot of grace in an extremely difficult situation.
“The husband of a 9/11 victim who was among the handful of relatives at Guantanamo Bay for the arraignment of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other alleged terrorists says the accused murderers should not be put to death if convicted…Allison told friends and family he wanted to go to Guantanamo Bay to “see the faces of the people accused of murdering my wife,” reports the Post. While there, the 62-year-old ended up meeting with the lawyers of the accused, offering to testify against the death penalty should a military commission convict them of capital charges, according to the paper.”
I’ve opposed the death penalty for my entire life, since I learned what it was, for many reasons I won’t get into now, but this is obviously a very controversial thing for him to do. Someone mentioned in another thread that “anyone” who had a relative murdered would want the killer dead, but I think this man proves that to be false. This is such an unusual case with so many victims involved that it becomes so complicated. I’m curious, what are your thoughts?
Post # 3
“We can’t kill our way to a peaceful tomorrow.”
What an amazing, powerful sentiment. This man could be crippled with anger over this, and instead, he has this amazing thought.
I think none of us are able to say what we’d do in the situation because it’s so emotionally devastating, and everyone deals with grief in their own way. I know someone else personally who lost his wife in 9/11 and who actually testified (victim impact statement) at one of the 9/11 terrorism trials over the years…and he said without a doubt, he wanted the defendant (I’m pretty sure it was the Moussoui trial) executed for taking his wife away from him and their two young children, even though he always thought he was against the death penalty. Everyone will see it differently, and I can’t even begin to think how I would feel.
As of right now, as someone unaffected by a capital murder or other death-penalty offense, I am against the death penalty. But, like I said, I’ve never had to test that belief, and G-d willing, I never will have to.
Post # 4
@abbie017: Right, I feel the same way. I’d like to think I’d be able to share this man’s view if, God forbid, something happened to my family, but it’s impossible to say how you would react hypothetically. I am just so amazed and touched by his words, and just beyond impressed at how he’s handling this. It really shows the strength of his belief in this subject, and he seems so brave.
Post # 5
He may not want to see these people put to death but I’d bet that the majority of the other victims families do. I know I certainly would if I were them. Hell, I knew people who died in 911 (no-one particularly close to me but still) and I’m a supporter of the death penalty in this case. They’re terrorists. They deserve to die (imo).
ETA: I will say that the husband is a very noble man. I doubt many people would be able to take the stance that he has if they found themself in that situation.