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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Thursday, June 05, 2003 Kingdom's Leading Executioner Says: 'I Lead a Normal Life'
Saudi Arabia's leading executioner Muhammad Saad Al-Beshi will behead up to seven people in 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," he told Okaz newspaper in an interview.
Al-Beshi describes himself as a family man. Married before he became an executioner, his wife did not object to his chosen profession. "She only asked me to think carefully before committing myself," he recalls. "But I don't think she's afraid of me," he smiles. "I deal with my family with kindness and love. They aren't afraid when I come back from an execution. Sometimes they help me clean my sword."More
You know, the next time the local goo-goo church group is looking for a Muslim spokesman to counter misperceptions and stereotypes about Islamic society and the "Religion of Peace," I think they should invite this scimitar-wielding headsman. Nothing like a little person-to-Nubian swordsman exchange to dispel Western prejudices.