The interesting thing is that Hasan called upon the JAG running the trial to impose the death penalty on him, saying that it will complete his journey to martyrdom after keeping evil American military officers and personnel from going overseas to, in his eyes, murder innocent Muslims. While some of his rambling is coherent (as in the number of civilian deaths due to American military action in the Middle East being beyond any comprehensiblity), it still did not justify going on such a massacre at Fort Hood. That being said, it’s important to note that he needs to be held accountable for the mayhem he caused and the pain inflicted upon the families whose loved ones died that fateful day in 2009.
In my view, I would not impose the death penalty on him, and here’s why. First off, killing him off the bat would only serve his twisted wish to be martyred in the eyes of Islamist extremists, and could give them a new rallying cry to justify the killing of innocent Americans. Lastly, I don’t see the ultimate punishment as being that effective, as it won’t hold him accountable. It’s a better decision to simply let him live and let him think about what he did.