Relatives of 9/11 victims are testifying for the defense in the Zacarias Moussaoui conspiracy trial. It is obvious, and has been so testified by psychiatric experts, that Moussaoui is delusional and psychotic, the product of years of childhood abuse. Of course, that won't stop the Bush White House and Abu Ghraib Gonzales from gaining the death penalty: they need a body to stand in for Bin Laden and all the other terrorists they've been incapable of capturing. But the relatives of the victims understand that vengeance heals nothing.
Anthony Aversano lost his father:
"How I fight the terror in me is to live my life well," he told the jury. "If IDonald Bane lost his son:
let myself succumb to the fear, that will lead to fear and anger and hatred," he
"Every day we miss him," he said. "To do things that promote a celebration ofMarilynn Rosenthal lost her son:
life, whether a colt, or Keep The Music Going, or people talking to each other
and trying to solve their problems without killing each other, that's what I
think our lives ought to be about," Bane said.
"We're not going to get caught up in a whirlpool of frustration and sadness andForgiveness heals. Vengeance destroys.
anger," she said.