Crucifixion in Saudi Arabia By Peter Ewer
As anyone would know, I am not one to judge a culture, but I was surprised to read that a “crucifixion” was carried out in Saudi Arabia. I thought that that was an ancient Roman custom, that had since disappeared:
“Saudi Arabia says it executed and crucified a man from Myanmar convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on the execution Wednesday, saying it was carried out in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. It said Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen and entered a Myanmar woman’s home firing a gun and then stabbed her to death. He was convicted of robbing her home and another, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and ammunition. The report said his conviction was upheld by the courts and his execution was endorsed by King Salman.”
Now, I do not condemn Saudi Arabia for this, respecting its laws and traditions, which are not my laws and traditions. That is why I do not live there. But, I wonder if the use of the term “crucifixion” is correct, since the criminal appears to have been beheaded first, then his body strung up? Usually crucifixion involved nailing a person to a cross or a tree, and letting them slowly die. What is done in this case is that the criminal’s head, after beheading, is stitched back on and the body is put on display:
However, all of this gets very murky indeed:
“Canada on Friday called for Saudi Arabia to release women’s rights campaigners detained in the country, prompting a harsh response from the kingdom. Saudi-owned media has blasted Canada for arresting a Holocaust denier and other citizens. TV pundits have brought up Canada’s suicide rate in what appeared as a broadside against the country’s way of living. And Saudi media took a decidedly dark turn on Monday when it appeared to threaten Canada with a 9/11-style attack by tweeting a graphic with an image of an airliner flying toward Toronto’s skyline. The absolute monarchy ruling Saudi Arabia tightly controls the media broadcast within its borders, as well as its foreign-policy messaging. In a statement, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry described Canada’s call to free the women’s rights activists as “blatant interference in the Kingdom’s domestic affairs.” The ministry went on to threaten vague retaliation against Ottawa.”
Now come on chaps, show a little multicult tolerance! One would have thought that one 9/11 was enough!