A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

And "Jihad Johnny" Only Got 20?

According to a Yahoo Story:

A US District Court judge sentenced Antonio Flores to 171 months in prison plus three years supervised release for attempting to firebomb the Islamic Center of El Paso in El Paso, Texas, according to the Justice Department.

In March, Flores pleaded guilty to a charge that prohibits damaging or attempting to damage religious property and a second charge that bars the use of fire or an explosive device in the commission of a felony, the department said.

So, why does this man get such a long sentence (14 years) for only attempting to damage an Islamic Center and John Walker Lindh, aka Jihad Johnny, only get 20 years for treason and fighting with the Taliban against his own country? For all we know, Jihad Johnny, the scurvy little rat, killed American soldiers. Did Antonio Flores even kill anyone? Admittedly, it is a crime to bomb something, but 14 years for a sentence? Rapists and child molesters and traitors get shorter sentences.