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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

20 Years Worth Of Mercy

The parents of American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh on Wednesday pleaded with President George W. Bush to set their son free before he leaves office next month.

Lindh was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2002 to serving in the Taliban army, which violated U.S. economic sanctions against Afghanistan at that time.

At a news conference in San Francisco, Lindh's mother Marilyn Walker asked the president to show mercy during the Christmas season by commuting her son's sentence.

"John made a mistake in joining the Taliban," she said.
What!? He made a mistake? Could she have made more of an understatement? I'm sorry, but I cannot buy into the line that he didn't know what he was doing. John Walker Lindh is serving 20 years at a minimum security prison when he could have received the death penalty. Ms. Walker, we've already shown your son mercy.

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