The killing of James Foley and Steven Sotloff were heinous acts. The killing -- or, as some would put it, when done “legally” by the state -- the execution of persons is, in my view, also a heinous act. Is that method of killing better than that done in Texas, Oklahoma, or for that matter, the state of Washington? We may view the murder of these two fine men as despicable. Indeed, it was. But then, are we really all that pure and faultless?