One continual talking-point of apologists for our contemporary Crusade
in the Middle East is how barbaric "those people" are because they execute
people by beheading. Remember that these apologists are, by and large,
people who are in favor of Americans executing our own criminals by
electric shock or by injecting an agonizing potassium chloride solution
directly into their veins as they lie paralyzed; describing the irony is
left as an exercise for the reader.
Anyway, their argument is that our invasion of Iraq is justified because we're bringing civilized democratic government to the region.
According to a report from Reuters, in another botched execution, Saddam Hussein's half-brother Barzan al-Tikrit was beheaded by the noose during his hanging.
Besides being ghastly, disturbing, and inhumane in and of itself, this can only inflame hatred of the Iraqi government and its American sponsors, i.e., us.