It's just been announced that six people accused of plotting the events of 9/11 will be facing the death penalty, judging from the outcomes of their trial. This bothers me, and I'm not going to give the arguments on how the death penalty is wrong, and is a grave breach against humanity. If these men were found guilty for the murders of approximately 3,000 people, I couldn't think of a more deserving group I'd want to see hung by their balls. But as these men are Islamofascists, they want to go out as martyrs, just like the hijackers on 9/11 did, just like suicide bombers in the Middle East do.
I think it'd be a far more severe punishment for these men to be tried and be sentenced to life, either staying in Gitmo or being transferred to a Supermax prison. These men don't want to languish, to grow old and die in a prison. So why give them what they want by putting them to death by injection? Al-Qaeda and other extremist groups in that part of the world will make these men look like heroes, and the rest of the world will be pissed off at us for executing them. And for what? To satisfy a temporary bloodlust?
Giving these men life imprisonment goes far above showing our humanity and capacity to be forgiving people. It's about not letting the terrorists win.