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Notable & Quotable: Ft. Hood shooter will never be a 'martyr
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP)

Notable & Quotable: Ft. Hood shooter will never be a 'martyr

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan may have thought his jihadist attack on U.S. military personnel would net him a a few virgins in paradise and immortality as a "martyr" for Islam, but lead prosecutor Col. Mike Mulligan explained Wednesday that it would be "wrong and unsupportive" to label Hasan's heinous acts as anything other than cold-blooded murder.

To that end, his death penalty sentence is not a gift for Hasan but a debt owed to society:

"You cannot offer what you don't own; you cannot give away what is not yours. [Nidal Hasan] can never be a martyr because he has nothing to give. ...

Do not be misled.  Do not be confused.  Do not be fooled: He is not giving his life; we are taking his life.

This is not his gift to God, it's his debt to society.

He will not now and will not ever be a martyr. He is a criminal, a cold-blooded murderer.

On 5 November he did not leave this earth, he remained to pay a price, to pay a debt.  The debt he owes is his life."

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