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Submitted by Robert Lynn (Canada), May 7, 2006 at 04:06

You don't trust juries and you think that judges might be better but you give the example of the "mentally ill" man who attacked and injured Monica Seles being released by a judge. It may be an aberration but I think the Seles case points out our unwillingness to make hard and definite judgements.

Moussaoui is "mentally ill" resulting from a violent dysfunctional childhood so he is found to be not totally responsible for his actions. We can remember recent fatwas supporting the right of husbands to beat their wives. We know about the honour killings. Did Moussaoui grow up in what would be considered a normal muslim family in many countries? Now muslim scholars are about to release a pro-Hamas fatwa. Yet where are the fatwas condemning murders and terrorists to eternal damnation? They don't exist and they are not going to. Are Muslims mentally ill and pathological? Quite a few I would contend.


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