France: A Paris Court Stands Firm

Life in prison for a terrorist

Was Georges Ibrahim Abdallah a kingpin in the world of international terrorism, or was he just a "little boss," as a French intelligence official claimed? After hearing the evidence against the self-styled "Arab fighter" last week in an ornate Paris courtroom where World War II collaborators were once tried, a special seven-judge tribunal deliberated for just 73 minutes before reaching its verdict. Not only did the tribunal find Abdallah guilty of complicity in the killings of two diplomats, including one American, and in the attempted murder of a third, but it went further than the prosecution had requested by handing down...