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Old Mar 25, '13, 3:38 am
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Saudi Arabia is considering halting beheadings in favor of firing squads, as officials report the government is running out of swordsmen to carry out executions. A joint Saudi committee made up of representatives from the interior, justice and health departments is deliberating the idea, according to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, citing Saudi newspaper Al-Youm.


"This solution seems practical, especially in light of shortages in official swordsmen or their belated arrival to execution yards in some incidents; the aim is to avoid interruption of the regularly-taken security arrangements," the committee said in a statement.


Human Rights Watch said Saudi Arabia beheaded 69 people in 2012.
In Saudi Arabia, rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are among the crimes punishable by death under Shariah Law, Al-Ahram reports.

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Beheading? Lord have mercy.
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Old Mar 25, '13, 7:41 am
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Everyone's cutting back these days.
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Everyone's cutting back these days.
I needed a good laugh, thanks!!
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Old Mar 25, '13, 7:46 am
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They're heading in the right direction.
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They're heading in the right direction.
From the executed person's standpoint, I'm not sure there's a lot to be desired from shooting as opposed to beheading.

One wonders, too, whether the shooters will turn up any more timely than the beheaders.

Likely they're more reacting to the world's perceptions of their culture's savagery and think this will somehow seem less so.
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Likely they're more reacting to the world's perceptions of their culture's savagery and think this will somehow seem less so.
30 million dead babies.
We are hardly in a position to dare call any other nation "savage".
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30 million dead babies.
We are hardly in a position to dare call any other nation "savage".
No argument from me on that.
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Old Mar 25, '13, 5:28 pm
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Now now don't get ahead of yourselves, if you use your noggin you'll stay away from the nation which stands head and shoulders above others in wrong headed thinking.
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Default Re: Saudi Arabia may stop beheadings over shortage of swordsmen

69 people in a year is actually a lot less than I expected from that country.
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69 people in a year is actually a lot less than I expected from that country.
Agreed. I thought the list of crimes that can be punished with beheading would be larger, too.
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Old Mar 25, '13, 7:27 pm
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Default Re: Saudi Arabia may stop beheadings over shortage of swordsmen

Saudi Arabia is a much bigger monster than any of the nations that the West currently has targeted for destruction as part of the so-called Arab "Spring".

So, then, why do we give millions of dollars of military hardware (oh, you know, like F-16's and such) to the Gulf's worst Tyranny?
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The "heading" of this thread has a dark humor to it. OK, I guess I should stop while I'm ahead.

Seriously, there's nothing funny at all about this story. Although it took place in Pakistan, I always associate beheading with the gruesome murder of photojournalist Daniel Pearl.
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The "heading" of this thread has a dark humor to it. OK, I guess I should stop while I'm ahead.

Seriously, there's nothing funny at all about this story. Although it took place in Pakistan, I always associate beheading with the gruesome murder of photojournalist Daniel Pearl.
Then why do ya'll keep making jokes about it?
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Then why do ya'll keep making jokes about it?
Freudian reason? Perhaps as a defense mechanism to relieve some of the horror of it.
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