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Murder, Slaughter…

…don’t call it a beheading, a serviceman in Iraq suggests in an e-mail; seems right:

Am I right in being a little bothered by the use of the word “beheading”? To me, a beheading is a very standard removal of one’s head by expert use of sword or guillotine. What happened to Nick Berg was a grisly slaughter, perpetrated by ham-handed, knife-wielding amateurs, hardly the relatively humane capital punishment one thinks of when using the term “behead”.

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