Why is this
worse than this?
The only difference I can see is that the one decapitation was, presumably, both unexpected and instantaneous. Both men are dead, yet the one death is described globally as medieval barbarism, the other as democracy.
These journalists were machine-gunned, for fun, by a bunch of Uncle Sam's chopper-borne, psychobastard MommasBoys. No-one was prosecuted. Apart from the man-child who leaked the tape.
Why is this killer blessed as a saintly peacemaker,
this one a barbarian?
This blameless, Baghdad hotel receptionist and his family had the pleasure of encountering one of Her Majesty's regiments, the Lancashire Torturers
and they beat him to death.
It's what these darlings do for fun but it's not medieval or barbaric or anything. Fuck, no, salt of the Earth, the Lancs Torturers.
But others, too, have set the benchmark for unbarbaric, unmedieval behaviour.
There is an answer, of course, to why these recent deaths shock us so but they should not shock America. A massive headshot from a US sniper with a billion dollar rifle is one thing; being told you are to be murdered, being murdered and being filmed being murdered creates a grim level of wretchedness. But America performs such acts regularly, at home, in its death chambers, where shortage of appropriate poison has led to recent state murders taking far longer than a comparatively swift decapitation. It is right that we, who do not execute one another, are shocked and horrified, for even among peoples who shoved an iron bar up Gaddafi's arse, who stone and flog women to death and mistreat the whole of Creation, these killings are viscerally revolting. America's grounds for complaint, though, are much more shaky; what was that song, mr mongoose, the god you bin prayin' to, gonna give you back what you wish you'd done on someone else.
One must hope that relatives of the murdered can medicate or meditate their way through and beyond this nightmare but that does not mean we should all bathe in the waters of Hypocrisy, should heed Obama's lazy bluster or give a moment's thought to this jerk and his bullshit.
Give us the job, President Obama, and we'll break the tools.
Just as long, mr tiny speaker, as I am unelected prime minister, just as long as I am doing such outstanding voluntary work for UKIP, for as long as this house is filled with honourable and right honourable ladies and gentlemen I shall never sit down with terrorists and do deals with them.
Winston with Marty Kneecaps.
And nor, mr tiny speaker,
shall I walk about the garden with them.
And there will certainly be no more Boom'n'Bust,
I mean Shock and Awe.
C'mon, Dave, I don't have all day.
Sometimes the true barbarian comes dressed by Armani.