Saturday, October 4, 2014

Beheading Qualifiers

Beheading Qualifiers

Ah, Love! could you and I with Him conspire 
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire, 
Would not we shatter it to bits--and then 
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!
~~Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat

Attaching adjectival qualifiers to report the practice of beheading only serves to anesthetize the sensibilities of the national polity.  It blunts the malignant dimension of the phenomenon to make it a more acceptable datum in the continuum of societal consciousness.
If history were honest enough to chronicle the events objectively, it should record that it was during Pres. Obama’s watch that the public beheadings of Americans as a propaganda tool for her enemies gained ubiquitous currency in both the national and international landscapes.  

So inglorious a legacy for a President obsessed with the fundamental transformation of America is worse than an ironically tragic wages for the Apology Tour concluded before his first Inauguration.  It is one of the hallmarks of the vaingloriously celebrated Obama Transformation of the nation.  It is an eloquent testimony that the more his ideological agenda succeeds, the worse he degrades the office of the Presidency.

To make matters worse, journalism as the primary protector and custodian of information in any civilization has conspired to abnegate, in toto, on that responsibility.  All of punditocracy print (hard and soft copies) and airwaves (TV and radio) appear to have been beset by the compulsion to qualify the beheading ritual variously as “ghastly, barbaric, gruesome, horrific, etc.”

It makes this question most urgently compelling: is there ever a compassionate or charitable kind of beheading?  I submit, contend and maintain that in our day and age there is not and there never will be. 

The only appropriate family of adjectival qualifiers that should apply to beheading are those associated with Islamic tenet, i.e., Islamist, jihadist, terroristic, etc.  Couched in poetic parlance, many centuries earlier the Persian verse virtuoso immortalized the practice in the following quatrain:

The mighty Mahmud, Allah-breathing Lord 
That all the misbelieving and black Horde 
Of Fears and Sorrows that infest the Soul 
Scatters before him with his whirlwind Sword.
~~Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat

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