Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Compare and Contrast...

Berlin: One of the two men behind a failed terrorist attack on commuter trains here received a life sentence from a German court on Tuesday.

The man, Youssef Muhammad el-Hajdib, was convicted on multiple counts of attempted murder for leaving two suitcase bombs on the trains in Cologne in July 2006 that failed to explode. The unsuccessful attack, reminiscent of the train bombing that killed 191 people in Madrid in 2004, deeply rattled Germany, which had just finished hosting some two million visitors for the World Cup soccer tournament.

German officials credited Lebanon's military intelligence agency for intercepting a panicked phone call Hajdib made to his family after the footage of him was broadcast here. Hamad surrendered to police in Tripoli.

A Lebanese court last year convicted Hamad and sentenced him to 12 years in jail for the failed bombing. The two men were motivated in part by anger over the publication in 2005 of cartoons in Denmark depicting the Prophet Muhammad, according to an investigator in the case.
German Court....LIFE IN PRISON
Lebanese Court...TWELVE(12) YEARS

Incidentally, my hat is off to German presiding Judge. He gets it:

"The fact that it did not result in a devastating bloodbath with a multitude of dead was only thanks to a construction error by the culprit and his accomplice in building the detonation devices," said Ottmar Breidling, the presiding judge in the case. "It was their explicit aim to kill as many nonbelievers as possible."