Yes, the video (no, I won't link to it) of that savage beheading of American journalist Jim Foley documents a milestone in vicious barbarity.
How primitive and barbaric is that?
How much more civilized to kill dozens or hundreds at a time by dropping bombs and lobbing artillery from a safe distance. That's the way we roll here in the Nations of Virtue.
But in case you're wondering, the last state-sanctioned beheading in France, that most virtuous of the Nations of Virtue, was in 1977.