Tuesday, December 20, 2005


In premodern time, beheadings was the swiftest way to kill a person, and in many ways, most merciful. Knights trained at swordsmanship for most of their lives are capable of chopping off a head with one swift strike.

Today, beheading is still the chosen method for enforcing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, which the Saudis claim is an Islamic mandate. However, those who have the misfortune to witness execution in Saudi Arabia will attest to the inept swordsman striking the poor victim several times before succeeding.

Today, modern science has invented more humane ways of terminating life than beheading. So why beheading? It is to gain power through the spread of fear. The victims in this case are not only innocent human being killed, but also Islam and the integrity of its ethical tradition.


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