Death of a Thousand Cuts

I found this on Wiki and it seems oddly appropriate for what’s been happening:
Slow slicing (simplified Chinese: 凌迟; traditional Chinese: 凌遲; pinyin: língchí, alternately transliterated Ling Chi or Leng T’che), also translated as the slow process, the lingering death, or death by/of a thousand cuts, was a form of execution used in China from roughly AD 900 to its abolition in 1905. The term língchí derives from a classical description of ascending a mountain slowly.The process involved tying the person to be executed to a wooden frame, usually in a public place. The flesh is then cut from the body in very small pieces. Often drugs were administered throughout the process to keep the victim from dying.The punishment works on three levels: as a form of public humiliation, as a slow and lingering death, and as a punishment after death. According to the Confucian principle of filial piety or xiaoto alter one’s body or to cut the body is a form of unfilial paractice. Lingchitherefore contravenes the demands of xiao. In addition, to be cut to pieces meant that the body of the victim would not be ‘whole’ in a spiritual life after death.

Who knew he was planning to shoot himself in the foot at the same time as he was being sliced? Go figure.

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