Oh, good grief. Not only did the Star-Tribune have to trot out the same old tired arguments against the death penalty in its editorial about Zacarias Moussaoui's sentence, but it couldn't pass up the opportunity to bash President Bush in the bargain. Bonus!
By calling the jury "courageous" in choosing not to impose the death penalty, the paper has insulted those who have made the difficult decision to impose the death penalty in other crimes. One of my good friends was in that position, and she describes it as a difficult, wrenching decision, even though the defendant richly deserved it. In the end, the defendant was executed for a cold-blooded, senseless murder.
Of course, the only kind of courage the Star-Tribune recognizes is the kind that fits its left-wing ideals. Those of us on the other end of the political spectrum act out of every sort of venal motive, but never such things as honor or courage. That would damage the carefully preserved worldview of the editorial staff just a bit too much.
If it were up to me, I'd personally strap Moussaoui to a table, start the IV as carefully as I knew how, and push the lethal drug dose, smiling at him the entire time. For some crimes, no punishment short of death is appropriate.