A United States District judge has agreed with government lawyers that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, otherwise known as the Underwear Bomber posses a threat to the safety of American citizens everywhere and has sentenced him to life imprisonment for his attempt to detonate an explosive while aboard Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day of 2009.
The device in the lining of his underwear caught fire, but did not explode.
Sentencing terrorists should be taken on a case by case basis, but given the defendants unrepentant nature about attacking the United States, the judge in this case had very little alternative.
Islamic radicals inspired by Al Qaeda would all too relish death sentences because they been taught that it is noble to die in the service of their Islam.
Further, because of the hit and miss nature of de-radicalization programs, we can’t sentence them to less then life imprisonment and pray that they will be rehabilitated.
Life imprisonment is our best option because it denies the terrorist the instant martyrdom he seeks, and keeps the population at large safe.