Ancient way of killing now serves as propaganda tool for Islamic State
The Globe and Mail - 09/18/2014
It is a method of killing as old as the act of killing itself. Employed by the ancient Greeks and Romans, referenced in the Koran and the Bible. A staple of the Crusades and medieval Europe, and practised in some parts of that continent as recently as the Second World War. A method still preferred by one of the most prolific execution states in the world.
And, more recently, a grim tool of perverse propaganda.