I am writing in response to John Irvine's letter to the editor in the Sunday edition of the Sun entitled "FBI bomb sting was a waste" (Readers respond, Dec. 12).
He claims our tax dollars were wasted in this sting and that it would have been better to "have agents pose as reasonable, mainstream Muslims to talk the poor, misguided guy out of being a radical."
Are you serious, Mr. Irvine?
"Poor, misguided guy?"
For the life of me I cannot understand how someone can have sympathy for a guy who wanted to blow up an army recruitment center and take innocent lives! What's with this attitude that we need to take an empathetic and peaceful approach to handling a guy who wants to murder innocent people? Someone forfeits their rights to sympathy and empathy the moment they decide to become a terrorist. They should throw the book at this guy and give him the harshest sentence possible.
To call this terrorist a "poor, misguided guy" is to excuse what he was about to do. A terrorist is not someone who deserves the benefit of the doubt. A terrorist does not need a "talking to" so that he can hopefully see the error of his ways. A terrorist needs to be captured and punished harshly. Period.
What kind of person reads about the successful FBI sting in Catonsville and comes out wishing we had had an agent "talk" to the terrorist, instead of capturing and punishing him? I just don't get it, Mr. Irvine. This guy wants to kill us. He wants to kill you, and he wants to kill me. He doesn't need a good talking to by a peaceful Muslim, he needs to be rooted out and disposed of, and so do all others like him.
Perhaps Antonio Martinez was an impressionable young adult who was brainwashed with no direction or guidance in life. It's no excuse to become a terrorist. Adults, young or old, need to take responsibility for their own actions. You don't excuse and sympathize with a terrorist.
This sting operation saved lives. To suggest it was a "waste of tax dollars" borders on treason.
Mr. Irvine ought to be ashamed of himself for writing that letter.
Damon M. Costantini, Catonsville