ISIS Beheading Style, is a Lesson from the Saudis ‘Our Friends’

Executions have increased significantly worldwide, especially since 2013, a report by Amnesty International specifies. A small number of countries having significantly executed more prisoners in the past two years.

In May of this year Saudi Arabia advertised for eight new positions – executioners who would be responsible for beheading.

Otherwise Saudi Arabia’s administration ranks these jobs as lower level ‘religious officials’ in the civil service. In a period of only six months there were 100 decapitations reported. Saudi Arabia, a zealous ally of the United States, has beheaded 100 of its citizens since 1 January this year.

ISIS is coming to conquer you. The terrorist group, also known as the Islamic state, in the most inhuman way has beheaded its victims. How dare we allow occurrence of such tragic violations of human rights anywhere in the world, especially in 2015!

Vedat Xhymshiti, Independent Journalist

Vedat Xhymshiti, Independent Journalist

To stop this travesty, (perhaps!) The United States government should intervene violently to continue its cycle of continuous war in the Middle East. Bombs must be dropped, which will most likely cripple children, but (apparently!) it seems like we are not concerned at all that this is the price of our freedom.

These are, descriptions of headlines in television, radio, Internet and newspapers, which recited words as spoken by politicians and experts!

“ISIS is beheading people, so they should be cut off,” -this title almost has become ‘a sort kind of religious mantra’ of modern propaganda to represent and push forward the interests of the military industrial complex. But suddenly, nobody is trying to answer the questions addressed of where are the money coming from for ISIS, or where are they getting their weapons, how and why, who is supplying them?”

  • • Is ISIS a threat and sorrow to mankind? Surely yes.
  • • Do they decapitate their victims as disguised medieval savages? No doubt.
  • • But the question remains: Are they the only ones in the world who take part in barbaric acts? Well I am afraid they are not!

Executions have increased significantly worldwide, especially since 2013, a report by Amnesty International specifies. A small number of countries having significantly executed more prisoners in the past two years. The coverage ISIS executions get in priority of reporting, have notably served (‘democratic!’) countries as a cover-up shield for their unjust commitments.

Five countries that continue to break records of all others in executing their own imprisoned citizens are: 1) China – thousands per year, while exact numbers are unknown; 2) Iran – with at least 369 per year; 3) Iraq – at least 169 per year; 4) Saudi Arabia – with at least 79 per year, and 5) US – with at least 39 executions per year.

Some countries (perhaps!) inspired by the above-five nations have resumed executions. Indonesia, Kuwait, Nigeria and Vietnam in 2013 took concrete steps for executions of prisoners, after being restrained in this activity for at least a year. Some other countries have expanded the use of the death penalty, while Algeria and Bahrain have re-expanded domestic laws to make more crimes punishable by execution.

Indeed, in all the circumstances the death penalty should be banned, at least all agree with this idea, even the United States and its long- standing friend Saudis, but they agree with it only when they have a chance to comment on notorious televised decapitations executed by ISIS.

Last year we saw more beheadings from Saudi Arabia, certainly not excluding the cruel perversion of ISIS, which is allegedly funded by Saudi money. In King Abdullah’s era 87 people were executed in the cruellest way within a 12-month period. To make sure this pathology will continue, the new king needed only half the time to break the old king’s records this year by decapitating 100 people.

Saudi Arabia has been consistently ranked as one of the most notorious violators of human rights in the world. Freedom House, a US nongovernmental group that monitors human rights, currently ranked Saudi Arabia as one of only 10 countries all over the planet that “are not free”.

When King Abdullah passed away a year ago, the US government responded to his death by General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sponsoring an essay competition, through the Department of Defence to honour the monarch, whose administration decapitated 78 people, the same as ISIS does.

»Last year we saw more beheadings from Saudi Arabia, certainly not excluding the cruel perversion of ISIS, which is allegedly funded by Saudi money« Vedat Xhymshiti

»Last year we saw more beheadings from Saudi Arabia, certainly not excluding the cruel perversion of ISIS, which is allegedly funded by Saudi money, but look at the picture!« Vedat Xhymshiti

President Obama also continued with his pathetic hypocrisy saying, “The vision of King Abdullah was dedicated to the education of its people and greater engagement with the world,” adding that “… I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship.”

While Washington is keen to focus on the atrocities committed by one group, while completely turning a blind-eye to another, which perform the same crimes, the question now becomes, why “We, the People” hesitate to call officials roaring hypocrites?

The Bush family has worked brilliantly with the Saudi royal family for years, despite the proven abuses of human rights. If you do not remember, it was reported that 15 of the 19 hijackers of civil aircrafts in the attacks of 9/11 were citizens of Saudi Arabia and the US government’s response was to bomb Afghanistan and Iraq!

Meanwhile, the US constantly declared and interacts in a diligent alliance with the Saudis, thus becoming the leading champions of bloodshed in the neighbouring countries of the Middle East. Nations with which Saudi Arabia itself has had a continuous quarrelled history. Are the Saudis using the US government to suppress the Middle Eastern nations who do not want to obey their royalty? Maybe! At least facts are quite frightening.

I believe that the death penalty in all circumstances violates the right to life and this is a terrible cruelty, inhuman, degrading practice. Therefore, it should be resisted at all costs, whoever does this inhuman act. If we are at risk and threatened by the televised executions of ISIS, of course, we are threatened by those government’s policies, which in the name of democracy, law and friendships, allows the decapitation of citizens.


WARNING!!! It is terribly Graphic Video Evidence of Saudi Beheadings


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Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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