You have GOT to be fucking kidding me.
Saudi Arabia [a key “ally” of the United States, for those keeping track] is considering doing away with beheading–not because it’s inhumane and backward, but because there’s a shortage of competent swordsmen. I shit you not. According to this article by Time, there were between 69 and 79 executions by beheading last year. Â That’s–what?–one every five days or so. How many swordsmen could you need? The guy could work one day a week and get plenty of rest in between.