Gerry Adams in Israel

I just saw this news item about a man who conspired on a (successful) assassination and was just let out of prison: “He told reporters that he had no regrets, adding, ‘I am proud of what I did.’”

All the parts of this story make sense: the penalty for helping to plan an assassination (but not actually pulling the trigger) will be something less than life imprisonment; the guy was young when he did it so he’ll eventually get out of prison; once he’s free he can say what he wants. But you put it all together and it’s pretty amazing to hear someone say he’s proud of planning an assassination. I guess when it’s a political crime it’s not quite murder—it’s more like a successful military operation? It still sounds odd to me: I think of terrorists as talking tough before they get caught, not so much after their release from prison.

One Response to Gerry Adams in Israel

  1. Ken Wedding May 5, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    The brother of Gandhi’s killer was still proud of his brother’s deed last I read about him.