Saudis consider ending beheadings

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.  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.

Anyway, if you’re a Saudi sorcerer (here, and here, aaaand here, oh and here), you can rest easy knowing that your death might be by firing squad and not by scimitar. Rejoice!

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