Sal wrote:The worst punishment Tsarnaev could receive would be to be locked away for the rest of his life to die old and forgotten by the entire world.
I want you (and seaoat both) to do something for me, Sal.
I listened to the NPR interview linked below two hours ago while riding in my car.
Trust me, the written transcript on this page doesn't do justice to actually hearing this man's voice telling his story. And I hope instead you will get a chance to listen to him but I can't get the audio link to work right now.
So the written transcript will have to suffice for now.
But what I want you to think about is this. That while what you just wrote is true and "the world" will indeed forget about this; this father has not forgotten about it and never will. And if you interviewed any of the other surviving loved ones of 13-year old Nicholas Heyward, I feel pretty confident that they neither have nor ever will forget about it either.
They have a different perspective on this than you and seaoat and me and "the world".
And this is what I want you and seaoat to think about. I want you to realize that Nicholas' father is not alone in this.
There are also hundreds of loved ones of THESE folks who also will never forget as long as they live either.
And just like Nicholas, the human beings they're all grieving for no longer have life. Some of them even younger than Nicholas.
For all of them, what you just told us in your post, Sal, does not apply.
So I could adopt your thinking that "the world" will forget and that ends the tragedy of all this.
But when I see their faces and listen to their loved ones who will never forget, it's just too hard for me to adopt that same attitude.