Life in prison.
In case you've been in a cave and just got out, that's the sentence Zacarias Moussaoui got for his part in the 9/11 terrorist massacre.
Now a lot of people are unhappy that Moussaoui didn't get the death penalty.
Chief among them is Moussaoui himself.
The death penalty has two reasons for its continued existence.
1. To make sure murderers do not live to kill again.
2. To hopefully deter potential murderers from killing before the kill.
Those reasons don't work against blood-craving jihadists. They take the death of one of their own not as a tragedy, or as a warning, but as a clarion call to get out and kill and kill and kill some more until there's no one left to kill.
So what can we do?
Make death less appealing.
There's a legend a friend told me, possibly apocryphal, that General Pershing was commissioned to crush a violent rebellion by Islamic fundamentalist factions of the Moro Tribe. Just killing them wasn't enough, because being killed and getting their prize of 72 Virgins was what they really wanted.
One day Pershing's troops caught several Moro leaders. He had all but one put up against a wall, he forced the remaining one to watch them dip their bullets into pig fat. They American firing squad then shot the ones standing against the wall. The survivor was set free and told to spread the word about what happened to the others.
Apparently, in their beliefs, the pig fat cancelled out all the good mojo they earned massacring Christians and sent them directly to hell, do not pass go, do not collect 72 virgins.
Death became unattractive, and the rebellion ended within days.
So that's where we are today. We're fighting an enemy that craves death and attracts more followers through its love of death.
What do you think we should do to make death, anyone's death, unappealing for jihadists?