What is the aim, after all? Revenge? Or an end to terrorism?
Of course I refer to Kasab. Who believes he is anything other than a pawn in the hands of much more powerful and sinister men, who have no shortage of pawns? Who believes that Kasab came to this city expecting anything other than to die after doing his killing, just as his comrades all died? Who believes that for future pawns with that expectation, handing Kasab a death sentence -- giving him exactly what he expected, in other words -- is going to actually be a deterrent?
I cannot imagine that too many folks reading this would believe those things.
So therefore I wonder what we truly want. Some feeling of revenge exacted by executing a nonentity? Or to identify, capture and punish the real powers behind the terror that happened on 26/11, so it never happens again?
I want the second.
I believe it will be the highest form of justice for those who were killed during 26/11. I believe it, and not revenge, is the best way to fight terrorism. I believe it's far more likely we will get there with Kasab alive than Kasab dead.