A History of Political Terror
The Ritual of Beheading

Rosen, David
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/21/a-history-of-political-terror/

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  21/11/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17000

Decapitation is a public ritual of political theatre that dates from ancient times. It is designed not simply to gruesomely kill a victim, but to send a powerful message to adversaries, both local and foreign. It is designed not simply to gruesomely kill a victim, but to send a powerful message to adversaries, both local and foreign.