Since January, 59 people have had their heads lopped off. Not by the Islamic state, but inside Saudi Arabia. America closest Arab ally.
The escalation of the war against the Islamic State was triggered by widespread revulsion at the gruesome beheading of two American journalists, relayed on YouTube. Since then, two British aid workers have met a similar grisly fate. And another American has been named as next in line by his terrorist captors.
Yet, for all the outrage these executions have engendered the world over, decapitations are routine in Saudi Arabia, America’s closest Arab ally, for crimes including political dissent—and the international press hardly seems to notice. In fact, since January, 59 people have had their heads lopped off in the kingdom, where “punishment by the sword” has been practiced for centuries.
The Saudi legal system is based on Islam’s Sharia law. Some countries that use Sharia possess a penal code, but Saudi Arabia does not, although some activists have been calling for reform.
Executions usually take place in the morning, before the oppressive heat of the desert kingdom takes hold, in a public square. Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea and Somalia are the only countries in the world that still execute people in public.
People will gather to watch you die. According to British author John R. Bradley, public beheadings are the “only form of public entertainment” in Saudi Arabia, aside from football matches.
It’s a mystery why the U.S. and the European Union, which strongly support the regime in Saudi Arabia, with its vast oil wealth and strategic and military importance, do not publicly condemn the country for its grisly, medieval public executions.
In September, Secretary of State John F. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia, meeting with Arab diplomats when setting up the coalition again the Islamic State, commonly called ISIS. Human rights violations were not mentioned.
But there is a clear double standard. Iran, for example—Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical rival in the Middle East—is often cited by politicians such as Senator John McCain for gross human rights violations. But Iran, part of what President George W. Bush called “an axis of evil,” has, in fact, a far more democratic political process than Saudi Arabia.
So why the blind eye when it comes to Saudi Arabia?
ISIS beheadings are repugnant, but the Saudis’ beheadings are ignored.
“There seems to be a disconnect between Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of the practices of the Islamic State and the kingdom’s own state-sanctioned practices,” says Lina Khatib of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.
“Riyadh issues statements against violence of the Islamic State while sentencing prisoners to death, which indicates that the condemnation is not about the violence itself but about its lack of legitimacy,” she says. “Violence by the state is permissible, while violence by non-state actors is not.”
Many politicians in the West are hypocritical liars. Like the Secretary of state, John Kerry. He stands on American TV and speak about American values and human rights. In the next hour, he book a flight to Riyadh to hail outright barbarians.
The American President him self, could hardly wait to fly to Saudi. To be gifted an Islamic reward by the head of the Islamic kingdom.
With such politicians leading America, you can only be sure of a disaster in the pipeline. Not only do they drag a curse down on their own head. They are also responsible for fresh curses being called down on the American society. Most of the people are lukewarm sleepers, that watch garbage on TV. Only when Jesus the Messiah returns, they will wake up to the horrible verdict. Guilty. Sentence. Eternity in Hell.
Behold. The days are evil. Repent, and renounce the work of two of the worst evil doers in the World. Do not confine your self to the standards of this World, but awaits our savior to return and rescue us.
Written by Ivar