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The Morning They Beheaded The Drug
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Posted By: ScarletPimpernel, 7/6/2019 8:57:15 AM

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 9:50 A. M., Tuesday, August 31, 1999. “They will kill four today,” one Saudi in the crowd said. “No, fifteen,” said another. “You’re all wrong,” said one of the dozens of soldiers deployed around the parking lot of the city’s central mosque where the executions take place. “They will kill eight. They killed eight last Tuesday, and two more on Friday. And today is Tuesday, and they will kill eight again.” The method of execution is decreed in the Qu’ ran: beheading by sword. Saudi Arabia is the only nation that regularly beheads offenders. I’m the only Westerner in the crowd.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 7/6/2019 9:44:07 AM (No. 115636)
I believe in the death penalty as practiced in the U.S. What Saudi Arabia does is barbaric.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Muncsdad 7/6/2019 9:58:48 AM (No. 115645)
#1, I tend to agree, but it certainly seems effective. Sadly in the US the mass executions seem to be reserved for innocent children in their mothers’ wombs, or just after birth. I find that much more barbaric.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: GO3 7/6/2019 9:59:00 AM (No. 115646)
Geez, Allan, stop being so melodramatic about practices well known to just about anybody. If one wants to work there, go in with your eyes open. If you find it so horrific, go home. I'm also curious as to why you decided to attend this execution. I worked there for several years and really had no desire to gawk at a Saudi beheading anymore than I would volunteer to observe a lethal injection. I and many others I worked with already experienced death and destruction. The people who were executed were mainly expats trying to make an extra buck. It happens all the time and not only concerning drugs. Bootleg alcohol is a big pastime of South Asians. They take the risk, and sometimes it doesn't work out. My view is that they come to work in Saudi Arabia to better their situation financially, but what does that say about Pakistan, or the Philippines ( a big chunk of expats), or Bangladesh, etc.? Maybe these countries need to look at their internal screw ups and then fewer would go to Saudi.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Califedup 7/6/2019 10:00:30 AM (No. 115648)
And the moral to be taken away from this article is what? Quit while you're a head? Any way you slice it, only a fool would smuggle drugs into a place like Saudi Arabia.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Highlander 7/6/2019 10:02:14 AM (No. 115651)
I wouldn’t lose my head over drug smugglers losing theirs.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mushroom 7/6/2019 10:12:50 AM (No. 115664)
For all the pearl clutching it's not like it's a surprise. Constantly reminded, signed warnings and still they do it. You gambled, you lost. It isn't the US where some Democrat will just cross the border and bring you back. The law is the law and that it all there is to it.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: JediJerry 7/6/2019 10:36:30 AM (No. 115683)
Way to much detailed information. The author seems to have some macabre blood thirsty need to witness and share this horror show. Totally sick and disgusting. I wonder if he has sleeping at night.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: kono 7/6/2019 10:51:57 AM (No. 115690)
What made me a reluctant opponent to the death penalty was seeing about a dozen documented cases of people executed for crimes committed by somebody else. Especially a case in Virginia where the wrongful conviction was known before the execution, and exonerating evidence was present; but the condemned was still killed because he had exhausted his allotted appeals, and to pardon him would have been politically risky. My conscience couldn't support a policy or process capable of having somebody murdered in the name of justice.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rumblehog 7/6/2019 10:58:47 AM (No. 115702)
I once worked with someone who witnessed one of these executions. They drain the blood from the condemned to the point they have to practically drag them out to the execution area. They do this so they can't put up a fight and so there won't be much blood to clean up.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyHen 7/6/2019 11:27:25 AM (No. 115719)
Public execution was the norm in the West forever. Heck, watching men fight to the death was a much enjoyed sport of the Romans and beyond. Now the state does executions, albeit at a glacial pace but we are too sensitive to watch that and other real violence but fake tv violence is okay. Do you think dangling at the end of a rope slowly strangling was more humane? That was not uncommon when the executioner didn't know how to tie the knot and drop the prisoner correctly. Personally, I would prefer a quick beheading to electrocution, one of the methods my state recently used twice. THAT is horrific.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: JrSample 7/6/2019 11:30:16 AM (No. 115722)
Before Americans criticize the Saudis they need to make a thorough and subjective self-examination: The US population uses most of the supply in illegal narcotics, most of the violent crime in the US is drug related. It is in schools and in all cities. The revenues from the US purchase of illegal drugs subsidizes and arms the drug cartels in neighboring counties. The brutal violence makes the Saudi executioners look like amateurs. Clean up your own yard before you go and criticize others. In the Christian Bible (Paul's Epistle to the Romans) he actually says that it is the duty of civil authorities to use the sword to protect innocent life from those who commit evil. The Saudis are following their Holy Book, Americans have quit following theirs. Now, look at the results.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Strike3 7/6/2019 11:37:11 AM (No. 115727)
Barbaric yes but it would end the drug smuggling in the US overnight. People who sell that stuff to children are creating lifetime addicts that live lives more horrible than anyone can imagine.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 7/6/2019 11:46:24 AM (No. 115734)
#8 - There was a case in Virginia (Roger Keith Coleman) who was executed in 1992 and claimed to be innocent. The anti-death penalty forces had put their hopes in DNA proving his innocence, but the DNA evidence (not available at the time of conviction) later proved his guilt conclusively according to Mark Warner (Virginia governor) in 2006.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 7/6/2019 12:17:08 PM (No. 115754)
Public beheadings...would you go to see one if given the opportunity? Its a barbaric practice leftover from a barbaric time. Actions like this just decrease humanity's respect for life, and makes humanity less human. Maybe that's the point. So does abortion. I'm not against capital punishment, but it should be humane, and it should not be a public spectacle. In spite of the public beheadings, Saudi Arabia still has a drug problem. It doesn't completely deter drug use. What's the point then? Many people use drugs. Is it human nature to do stuff like this considering so many people do this? Does capital punishment deter human nature?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 7/6/2019 1:41:35 PM (No. 115805)
And the recidivism rate is zero. No murderer gets out and kills again like our stupid, ridiculous system.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 7/6/2019 1:44:42 PM (No. 115807)
The recidivism for drug smuggling in SA is 0 %. To me it makes sense. The only fly in the ointment is that the smugglers are executed. They are doing it to make a buck. What about the individuals who are the masterminds? Is it the same in the US, the $$$ is too much to allow them to be caught? Is there corruption in SA as well? In the US, there is too much $$$ in the illegal drug supply chain, including politicians. The author should investigate the supply chain in SA and let us know.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hazymac 7/6/2019 2:46:16 PM (No. 115867)
Churchill chatted with an aide shortly before stepping onto the rostrum to make a major speech. The size of the crowd was impressive, and the aide said so. The great man replied that if instead of making a major address he was instead being hanged, the crowd would be twice as large. Sir Winston had things in proper perspective. And yes, beheading tends to reduce recidivism to zero, unless we're talking about ancient mythology and the hydra.. Over in Pyongyang, Little Rocket Man likes tying down recalcitrant uncles, other family members, and less than fanatical communist Party members outside where witnesses can be properly impressed, then hitting them with Triple-A. (IIRC, American military defenders have used 37mm and 20mm in Vietnam and elsewhere.) .20mm anti-aircraft rounds are, technically, .950 caliber rounds.) Dirty Harry shot the Boogeyman with a .44 Magnum S&W Model 29 revolver with an actual bore volume of 0.429 of an inch. There actually is a rifle called a .950 JDJ, a 95 caliber, so big and heavy it must be shot from a sandbag rest. Somebody had to do it. J.D. Jones actually did. The .950 JDJ launches a 3,600 grain bullet--that's 8.2 ounces--at 2,200 feet per second with massive, massive foot-pounds--over 38,000--of muzzle energy. The recoil could cause serious injury to less than the stoutest shooter. Just in case you're curious.... and ... Lord have mercy. Anyone who commits capital crimes in the Kingdom of Saud pretty well had it coming. Double Darwin material. The sensitive, thin smuggler memorialized in this article, instead of getting it over in one downward stroke of the broadsword, was so resistant it took two blows and a snip to detach his thinkbox. The swordsman needs a mulligan. He didn't quite get it right.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: fayebeck 7/6/2019 3:43:21 PM (No. 115910)
Just call it "recreational" beheading and problem solved.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: rochow 7/6/2019 5:33:07 PM (No. 115978)
Great idea! We should import it over to the States. No, #1, it's not barbaric. You might want to inform yourself what drug junkies look like, how many get killed, how families are torn apart or sink totally into the gutter, all because of drugs. The people who carry this death into any community and profit by it should be executed. Since we have so many black in this country who 'pretend' to be Muslims, perhaps they should read the Qu'ran again and know what's in it! BTW, other countries like China do the same, and it ain't a pretty picture if you are caught in Turkey!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Omen55 7/6/2019 5:57:52 PM (No. 115992)
We should do the same,but put it on pay-per-view with the $$$ going to a crime victims fund. This way the lowlife can pay 2X.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: msjena 7/6/2019 6:18:00 PM (No. 115999)
Our Constitution outlaws cruel and unusual punishment. Case closed.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: anonymous 7/6/2019 6:40:20 PM (No. 116007)
I don't trust the Saudi legal system one bit. False accusations are part of Saudi culture. The powerful use them to exact revenge on those who challenge their power. It's as evil and corrupt as you can get.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: MickTurn 7/7/2019 8:16:36 AM (No. 116386)
Drug Smugglers, Sex traffickers, Murderers, Lying Crooked 'on the take' Politicians...put all of them to the Sword! I'd even toss in a few MSM Lying Slime now and then just to keep them 'honest'!
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