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Don't make Tsarnaev a martyr [Letter]

As much as I would love to see monster Dzhokhar Tsarnaev executed, one consideration holds me back and is missing from your report. Namely, if he were put to death, it would make him a martyr in the eyes of radical Islamic terrorists ("Death penalty sought for alleged Boston bomber Tsarnaev," Jan. 30).

After the horror of 9/11, I've studied this diabolical mindset and came away sickened to learn dying for a cause creates a man or woman to be venerated. It also assures the deceased will gain magnificent afterlife rewards. This gruesome truth should be made by Mr. Tsarnaev's defense team.

But more importantly, Americans must begin to heed the viciousness abroad in our land. Whether it was the wonton murder at The Mall in Columbia, the Sandy Hook massacre or the Boston Marathon bombing, it's important to watch for malevolent indicators and report them. Life in prison is too good for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, that's for sure, but creating another martyr in the radical firmament is also a poor choice. Think about it.

R. E. Heid, Baltimore

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