GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said Thursday that he would welcome the death penalty for his confessed role as mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Yes, this is what I wish, to be a martyr for a long time," Mohammed told a military judge who warned that he faces execution if convicted of organizing the attacks on America. "I will, God willing, have this, by you."
The former No. 3 leader of al-Qaida and four alleged co-conspirators were being arraigned Thursday in their long-awaited first appearance before a war-crimes tribunal. All five face death if convicted of war crimes including murder, conspiracy, attacking civilians and terrorism in the 2001 attacks, which killed 2,973 people. (H/T - AP via Yahoo!)
Believe it or not, I am torn by this request. On the one hand, I would like to see Mohammed be spared, so he can rot in prison and lose his desired martyr status. On the other hand, I would very much like to see him be put to death in one of the following ways:
- Sex with Rosie O'Donnell.
- Rusty, dull guillotine.
- Pig blood transfusion.