Skip to comments.Saudi shortage of swordsmen prompts approval of executions by firing squad
Posted on 03/11/2013 1:35:22 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
Saudi Arabia has authorised regional governors to approve executions by firing squad as an alternative to public beheading, the customary method of capital punishment in the kingdom, the Arab News reported on Monday . The English-language daily gave no explanation.
But another newspaper, Al Youm, reporting the measure on Sunday, said the reason for the change was a shortage of swordsmen.
"A shortage in sworsdmen and their unavailability in a number of areas" meant the executioners had to travel long distances sometimes to get to the place of executions, making them sometimes late, the newspaper reported the circular as saying.
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How many swordsman do they really need?
the executioners had to travel long distances sometimes to get to the place of executions, making them sometimes late,
Late for what ???
The full moon ???
At last, a human touch.
If the Saudis run out of food.... might they eat children?
I amazed by the efficient and resourceful Saudi Gvmt. Budget cuts without the service cuts. Whooda thought.
Look, when you've had to chop off the head of a thief up near Kuwait on Tuesday, spend all Wednesday driving across Arabia with no ac, on Thursday executing a witch near Yemen, and then trying to beat traffic home in time for Friday prayers you'll be more sympathetic.
I wonder if there is a union the executioners are aligned with?
Are they the Head Loppers Union, Local 100?
Do you have the “beheadings” ping list?
Don’t let Obama see the word swordsman. He would butcher it like he did corpseman.
The Brits invented a machine for this several hundred years ago. I thought the Saudis were more up on the latest technologies.
They probably can’t use guillotines because of existing Labor Agreements with the government.
The condemned are really having a tough time loitering about awaiting the late swordsman to arrive. Then he has to spend time honing his blade. Of course, beheading by means of rifle rounds also tends to be very time consuming.
Late is a problem? Why, does the condemned have another appointment?
This may explain the sudden huge surge in gov't purchases of ammunition.
“Achmed! You’re late again?!!! Have you lost your mind? Where is your head? You need to be sharp about these beheadings! I don’t think you’re cutting it here anymore.”
“I wonder if there is a union the executioners are aligned with?
Are they the Head Loppers Union, Local 100?”
A union in Sand Savage Land?
Off with their heads!
The swordsmen with seniority make it hard for a new guy to get a head on the job.
“Dont let Obama see the word swordsman.”
Oh he’s quite familiar with it, just in a “different” context.
Obama says “Word smith”
Bearded savages becoming a little humane?
Maybe this gal should move there?
Heads won’t roll...
I always thought a swordsman was a soldier, who proved his mettle in combat against other swordsmen, not just an executioner of a bound, helpless human being.
And doesn’t the Saudi executioner require an assistant to poke the condemned with a pointed stick to cause him/her to involuntarily straighten up & expose their neck to a better cutting angle?
Some “swordsman”, indeed.
It was cut off.
Undoubtedly you were there with a company. To get a Saudi visa, have your company sponsor in Saudi Arabia request the visa.
I think the Friday executions are rare however
Oh my. Still laughing.
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Labor shortage in Arabia
Nope,I was on a tourist visa.I got a really cheap fare from JFK to Hong Kong on Emirates and the fare allowed a stopover in the UAE...so I stayed for 3 days and visited with a friend that I went to school with.I've certainly heard of business visas to Saudi but I couldn't get a tourist visa.Either I was going about it wrong (possible but unlikely...I have lots of experience with visas) or they didn't exist.
Ivan Skavinsky Skavar must have been more successful than reported.
There are no tourist visas. Everyone entering the Kingdom is reviewed. To get a visa you must have a sponsor.
They fear Palestinians will come in hordes if allowed
Traditionally, the beheadings are carried out in the central square at the end of Friday mid-day prayers. If the town is walled, they would close & lock the gates, so as to create a captive audience.
When my dad worked in Saudi in the 50s, he made the mistake of going into a town for lunch on a Friday, and saw an execution of (IIRC) 3 criminals.
Unlike the Taliban style slow sawing off with a dull knife, it was one fast stroke with a heavy scimitar. Kneeling & bound, the criminal is first lightly poked in the back of the neck, then, as he flinches his head forward, a roundhouse stroke follow to the neck at the base of the skull.
Chain saws are readily available and require very little training.
I guess my question then would be why?
It would be interesting to me to find out what characteristics define a "good swordsman".
I would guess that he would possibly have to be a large person..and have good aim. The rest, it seems to me would be up to the sword..is it heavy, and sharp, and fit for the particualar job at hand.
Maybe a swordsman would have to be kind of a mathematician, being able to calculate in his/her head the exact amount of speed the sword must be traveling to complete the given job.
Maybe the job of swordsman is so horrible that nobody in his right mind would do it, and maybe there's not that many lunatics in S arabia?////naaaahhhhh, can't be since everybody is a muzzie, and muzzies are notorious lunatics...so that can't be it.
There is something else causing the shortage..
..maybe we here at FR can come up with a solution to the problem of swordsman shortage in Saudi Arabia:
Could hire some golf professionals. They have a good slice.
“Could hire some golf professionals. They have a good slice.”
I don’t know that many golfers that swing overhand. Who’s on their olympic tennis team?
” Whos on their olympic tennis team?”
Dunno. Let me axe them.
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