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Good beheading vs bad beheading. What's the difference??

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After 20 years of slaying evil dragons and failing, we have the mother of all dragons to slay. These evil dragons behead their victims, so we must take up arms and begin a "long "war according to the President, to slay the latest in a long series of dragons. This should not be confused with the short war of 13 years in Afghanistan, and the first invasion of Iraq, followed by the Mission Accomplished short war against Iraq that all began over 20 years ago. This one, warns the President, will be "long". Why war now? Because these savage folks, our latest enemy, actually behead their victims. At least two Americans have been beheaded in public spectacles and the nation has been in a state of horror. But questions must be addressed. Why are some beheadings so barbarically horrible, while others appear to be acceptable? Is it the act, or who commits the act, that makes it barbaric or not so barbaric?

For example, on the same day the first American reporter was beheaded which shocked this nation, our good friend in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, beheaded 19 people and we did not even blink. How come no horror and shock?? How come no bombs for them? Why did the beheading of 19 people in one day not even make mainstream news? Some might argue they were guilty of serious crimes, but those folks don't know what the Saudi system of justice is like. They do not have trial by jury, they do not have trial. Someone of influence just says you are guilty and that's it. Were these "good" beheadings?

Other recent examples that did not bother us comes to mind. During our best friend's horrific bombing of Gaza, a mother was asked to identify the dead body of her infant child. She could not identify her own child because the head was missing. Why was this beheading so acceptable, while the beheading of the reporter so horrible? Is it the act itself, or does it depend on who is doing the beheading, or how it its done? Is beheading an infant with a missile, any different than using a knife? Is the end result any different? Is this a "good" beheading?

What about the Free Syrian Army, the so called "good guys" in Syria, whom we have been and will continue to help. They beheaded 6 people, and once again it was not a big issue. Why no bombs for them? Were those 6 beheadings "good" beheadings?

Another example from Gaza involved a father who had to claim his daughter's body at two different hospitals because his daughter's body had been cut into two separate pieces, with each part being brought to a different hospital. Why was there no outrage here? We did not blink at this "beheading". It did not even make mainstream news. Is it because our friend did the beheading so it's ok? Was this a "good" beheading?

US drones have killed hundreds of innocents in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We have wiped out at least 7 complete weddings with all the guests killed. Witnesses tell us and Amnesty International, that body parts were strewn all over the place and remains could not be identified. In one of those weddings 46 innocents were killed including the bride. Hajj Khan, an elderly man who survived, had been holding his grandson's hand as they walked toward the groom's village. According to a British paper, the Guardian, a bomb strike threw Mr. Khan to the ground. When he opened his eyes, he said, "I was still holding my grandson's hand but the rest of him was gone. I looked around and saw pieces of bodies everywhere." Is that beheading and the many others like it from US drones not horrible and repulsive because we did it? Why didn't that beheading even make mainstream news? Was the beheading of Mr. Khan's grandson a "good" beheading?

Is a public beheading any more inhuman than the botched legal execution of an American citizen in a state penitentiary which used experimental drugs causing an agonizing death which took over 43 minutes?

Are these "beheadings" any worse or more barbaric than the two reporter's beheadings? Why was the beheading of ISIS so barbaric, but we don't even count our beheadings and slaughters, and those done by our friends? Just think about it. Could you be a victim of propaganda for the sake of war? Did you buy into the WMD in Iraq? Are you old enough to have bought in to the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

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Joe Clifford lives in Rhode Island and has written a regular column for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to various RI newspapers. His articles deal almost exclusively with American Foreign policy but ventures into other (more...)

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