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Friday, June 06, 2003
 
Is this a spoof?

There is an interview in today's Grauniad purporting to be with Saudi Arabia's state executioner. Here's an extract
Muhammad Saad al-Beshi beheads up to seven people a day. "It doesn't matter to me: Two, four, 10 - as long as I'm doing God's will, it doesn't matter how many people I execute," says Saudi Arabia's leading executioner.
And here's the article in full. I think it must be a spoof because there is no explanation of
1. How there can be any crime when there are daily executions? Where's the deterrence, matey?

2. How he knows that he's doing God's will?

3. Why Muhammed is in a better position to do God's will than God (who he?) himself?
But I was interested to read that Muhammad's work is not all killing:
...sometimes it can simply be an amputation. "I use a special sharp knife instead of a sword," he explains. "When I cut off a hand, I cut it from the joint. If it is a leg, the authorities specify where it is to be taken off, so I follow that."
What a lovely cuddly society. If it isn't a spoof, are you making notes, David Blunkett?


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