I had my doubts. I don’t understand why it took so long for Attorney General Holder to do the right thing but the end result is what matters. He is going to make Dzhokhar Tsarnaev face the death penalty. I didn’t think he would do it. I didn’t understand how he couldn’t but I described myself as a cynic. I must be more trusting in my fellow-man. A jury will decide whether he is to be executed after it hears all the facts of the case.
That is as it should be. Anyone who is charged with committing a terrorist act on American soil that ends up murdering people should face the death penalty. I’d have preferred that having joined the enemy he be shipped off to Guantanamo for a trail but keeping the death penalty option open lessens my disappointment.
There is another side of this to keep in mind. Tsarnaev being in this position may be more of a mind to cooperate with the federal authorities in return for spending the rest of his life in prison. From what I understand his attitude to the present time has been one of defiance and hostility. Whether the federals will accept his cooperation and make a deal with him is their business.
What is important here is the setting of the marker. The Obama Administration and Attorney Eric Holder deserve our thanks for setting it right. My apologies to them for not thinking they would do so.