In today’s time, people associate death with, well, death. Fear, dismay, chaos, and extremism. Multiple legal systems throughout the world discourage death with one hand and then implement it with another. Regardless of moral culpability, it’s important to define what we, humanity, see.
Deaths that make the news typically are not defined by the average person due to a combination of weakness of stomach and a lack of understanding. In relation to the death of Abu Sayyar, the Leader of ISIS, people assume the hunting down of his family is a death penalty. In reality, his death was an upper level assassination, and the separation of his family a war tactic only currently defined by the instructions divide and conquer.
Clearly, a leader of one of the biggest rivals of the United States in the entire world, similar to landmark governments like Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Communist (Soviet) Russia, etc., would be a coveted assassination to be credited with by any enemy or rival.
To some, the death of Abu Sayyar is unthinkable, but expected. Multiple attempts have been made on his life throughout the reign of ISIS. His wife is in legal custody, and his Yazidi slave released. In times of mourning, definitions help the more logic minded people who have not adjusted to large amounts of emotions. For the general public, this is good to know.
Individual execution: An individual who is killed by a group for the purpose of implementing a law.
Assassination: Calculated individual kill for the purpose of war, but not related to any local laws, necessarily.
Group execution: 10+ individuals executed by established lawmakers for the purpose of enforcing a law.
Massacre: 10+ dead by a random act of violence in a chaotic and disordered way. These acts occur all at one time, and in one instance. But not necessarily the same location.
Mass Execution: 30+ dead for the purpose of enforcing a law or enacting war. These executions only become illegal in the instance of the laws being seen by the lawmakers as too minimal.
DIsaster: 30-100 dead in natural or unnatural occurrences. Unrelated to war or laws.
Catastrophe: 100-1000+ dead in a natural or unnatural way.
Many of these styles of death were implemented by ISIS in a way that had never been exposed to the public. Sharian lawmakers often enforced their laws in a very socially isolated way, to the point of disrupting translations or stoning those who revealed the details of their laws to infidels. What appears to be terror isn’t always terror, sometimes it’s a government.
* The Yazidi slaves were officially released 6 months after they were originally held captive on Mount Sinjar. Hopefully, her story will be released.