But I can say with complete candor that I felt proud to be American the day Zacharias Moussaoui was spared the death penalty. On that day we witnessed a man associated with the most outrageous slaughter in American living memory, one who openly mocked victims and their families during his trial, escape death because a jury believed he did not merit it under our laws.
OK, sentimentality over; now I have to tell you about this really offensive thought I had. You may remember that the press carried details of Moussaoui's "Con Air" flight to a federal penitentiary. Wouldn't the irony have been delicious had the pilot lost consciousness and Moussaoui saved the day by landing the plane? That would have been excellent.