An increasing problem for modern courts is how to punish those who are thought to have discussed or planned some form of terrorist act even though they never actually followed through with their plan. Is the “intent” the crucial factor or is the “action” what counts? Many Muslims in Australia expressed dismay at sentences imposed on five Muslim men who were convicted of terrorism offenses. The men received jail sentences up to 28 years in length. Keysar Trad, of the Australian Federation of Muslim Councils argues even if they had discussions about violence, “there would have been a very large number of points along the way where they would have reconsidered because they didn’t want to kill anybody.”
A point well taken. In life, do we harbor angers and thoughts of violence only to hold back and reflect on our actions?