|Wahabi crucifixion in Yemen|
b) The Saudis practice dismemberment. Now that practice has far more recent precedents, in particular in the European Middle-Ages.
c) The person they want to crucify is a Shia cleric. Yes, you read that right - a Shia cleric. The charges against him? “inciting sectarian strife,” “aiding terrorists,” and “insulting Gulf leaders and scholars.” Translated into plain English these would read: support for the cause of the oppressed Shia minority in the KSA, having contacts with Iran, criticizing Wahabism. In other words, he is clearly a "prisoner of conscience", a political prisoner, somebody charged with political crimes and not actual criminal violations.
Do you remember Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani? She is an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for the murder of her husband by a court in Tabriz. Her case the entire planet erupted in protests, and even many friends of Iran used all their connections to have this sentence overturned which, eventually, it was. Her final status is still unsure.
Now, as an Orthodox Christian I oppose the death penalty on principle. Furthermore, the idea that the all-loving and infinitely merciful God would want anybody to be executed by stoning, crucifixion or dismemberment strikes me as absolutely preposterous and outright blasphemous. I therefore am absolutely appalled that a court in Iran would be capable of handing down such a barbaric sentence. However, having said that, I do not some striking differences between the two cases.
|Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr|
I have written many times here that the Zionist entity called "Israel" is an abomination, a stain on the honor of the entire planet, a disgrace for all of mankind: it is the last openly racist state on the planet and it's ideology actually makes the claim that Jewish racism is God-given. Yes, I still believe that Israel is truly the worst abomination on the planet. But I would rank Saudi Arabia as a clear second worst regime. Both Israel and the KSA are anachronisms is the sense that their true ideology is medieval in its barbarity and fundamentally aggressive and violent by nature.
And yet, these are the closest allies of the USA in the region. The USA, Israel and the KSA - talk about an axis of evil! Talk about "rogue nations"!
And yet, who stands up to these two murderous and crazed regimes? Really only Iran. Everybody else either lacks to guts to say anything, or they actively collaborate with these states and their respective lobbies in the USA.
And in the meantime, while the USA is subsidising these to satanic regimes with billions of dollars, the Zionists and the Wahabis are destablizing countries worldwide. As for Iran, the only country to truly stand up and resist these two abominations, it is the victim of international sanctions under the totally fallacious pretext that one day Iran "might" develop a nuclear weapon while being under the stricest of monitoring by the IAEA.
It is undeniable that the USA is "in bed" with the worst of the worst, regimes which are so evil and corrupt as to justify their worst abominations by claiming that this is the Will of God.
I can only hope that the BRICS countries will now reach out to Iran and help it economically and politically.