Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Devil's Jig

Four American evangelists taken hostage by demon worshipping corsairs off the coast of East Africa were shot and murdered in cold blood yesterday.

Modern laws against piracy are almost non-existent.

We used to know what to do. Do it. Summary trial. Summary execution. Send them to Hell and feed their corpses to the sharks.

Then bomb their rathole villages into oblivion.

Hanging was the fate of most Pirates. The process was a slow and agonizing death, which often took several minutes. Two methods were used. One would be to put a rope around a person neck and then pull him off the ground. The other was to pull something out from under the condemned and let them swing freely. Rarely, would either method lead to a broken neck and faster, less painful death.

Unlike later executions, hangings in the 16th and 17th century were a spectacle designed to enlighten the community of the evils of piracy.

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