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Why can't the reporters and their editors call it what it is?
Beheading with a knife while having your neck sawed until you are dead and disfigured = cruel murder = execution
Videotaped and televised beheading = snuff film.
I think I saw some comment in Newsweek about these being Jihadi snuff films. Yep, they are.
But, the term is being used in too sanitized a way. Why not just call it head removal with adverse consequences?
Beheaded = terminated = passed on = died.
I dared to go find a website that showed poor Nick getting his head sawed off. I found it (it's not that hard to do). One site is hosting them ALL, but only after a huge number of disturbing disclaimers that you ought to not look. It made me sick, and I did it with audio off. Audio on would seem to be intolerable.
The victims in in Foxe's Book of Martyrs were treated as bad or worse, as were the medical experiment victims of Hitler's Germany.
My high school senior English teacher often made reference to "Man's inhumanity to man". It was a theme in some of what we had to read. It's clearly a theme that the press can barely address.