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“Rather than allowing her to utter a single syllable in her defense, the thugs tied her hands and prevented her from moving. Treviño Morales stepped forward, grabbed a two-by-four, and, after a couple of practice swings as if he were batting clean-up, methodically began to beat her, beginning with her tear-stained face. Once released, the alleged traitor’s remains consisted of body fluids, viscera, and splintered bones so mangled, bruised, and blooded that it was impossible to recognize that she had a few minutes earlier been a sentient human being. The stunned and frightened onlookers got the point.”
The “stunned and frightened onlookers” were police officers. Corrupt ones, to be sure, but duly authorized municipal “peace” officers nevertheless. Nor was this incident representative of “distant”, foreign lands few people beyond aging geographers have heard of; it occurred in Nuevo Laredo – literal walking distance from Texas. And it did not represent a solitary incident, but rather a singular example culled from opportunities far too numerous to recite verbatim.
The incident above may very well become “standard operating procedure” for those groups and individuals freed from worrying about Angelina Jolie’s recent marriage or whether some other starlet’s in-the-buff photographs were heisted from the Cloud. In fact, those more nefarious groups that like to behead – or blow up – their adversaries often utilize the Internet to affect their trade. It remains little wonder that the Provisional IRA (PIRA), Spanish ETA, Colombian FARC, Mexican Los Zetas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and HAMAS all employ similar tactics and technologies. When each group’s respective “experts” cannot visit one another, they simply share knowledge via the Internet or publish open-source materials for use by all. Latin American drug trafficking organizations are notorious for utilizing métis – competitive adaptation earned through trial and error and sharing such lessons learned from “continually changing environments.” These groups understand that we “normal people” will abdicate quickly when confronted with such sadism.
We observe such revelations emanating from the White House when the Obama Administration declares that after a great many years, it still does not possess a workable strategy for dealing with an ISIS group that devalues life to the greatest degree. Is not ISIS simply carrying on where Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda in Iraq left off? Yet, those researchers evaluating gruesome beheadings in Iraq have been quick to suggest that the tactic may have originated in Mexico. Conversely, Mexican public authorities lay blame squarely upon the Iranians for initiating the practice. Both sides are inherently wrong.
For as long as there has been one “peaceful” person on the planet, there has been another individual quick to slay that person out of (real or imagined) grievance.  Often, these slayings have been of the most sadistic variety, such as when a young Palestinian teenager boasted on television of “slicing and chopping up his victims…after he had tortured them for days”. Far earlier, Herod literally delivered John the Baptist’s head on a platter to Herodias’s daughter. The atrocities did not stop with John, either. Many of Christianity’s most beloved saints died within the most horrific ways imaginable. On March 7, 203, Saints Perpetua and Felicity (the latter just having given birth) were sentenced to wounding by a wild cow and then eventually put to the sword for their faith. Saint Cecilia suffered through a botched beheading. Even Saint Valentine – take your pick of the three – was martyred.