September 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM
Recent military trials of mass murders
Similar cases, different outcomes
If a Muslim (Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan) kills 13 adults, he is sentenced to death. [“Fort Hood shooter gets death,” News, Aug. 29.]
But if a Christian (Sgt. Robert Bales) kills 16 civilians, some of them children, he is only sentenced to life in prison. [“Afghans decry Bales’ sentence,” page one, Aug. 24.]
True, there are technical reasons for the disparate sentences, such as demanding a trial versus pleading guilty, but these distinctions may be lost on the wider Muslim world.
Charlie Blackman, Seattle
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