The Saudis have been beheading people at a rate of two a week
While other countries excel in science and the arts, the heartland of Islam knows what it's good at and sticks to it.
Ever since Mohammed's day, they have had one thing that they are really good at. Chopping people's heads off. And this year, the Saudis are on track to break their own beheading record.
The latest beheading brings to 74 the number of executions carried out in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP count. In 2012, the country carried out 76 executions, according to a tally based on official figures.
The question now is can the Saudis beat their 2012 beheading record before the year ends?
In 2013, the Saudis have been beheading people at a rate of two a week. But they don't have much time left and they've been held back by swordsmen problems.
An official in the ultra-conservative kingdom said that sword-bearing executioners “are not readily available everywhere and on some occasions, executions were marred by confusion as the executioner was late in showing up at the designated public place”.
The unnamed bureaucrat told the daily Al Youm that in the age of easy digital communication, executioners’ lateness was “causing confusion and sparking speculation and rumours through modern technology”
It's just a shame when your barbaric method of execution clashes with all the Japanese and American hardware you've imported. If only they had Egypt's executioner who really loves his job.
In all honesty, I love my work. I just love it! I never say “no” when they need me at work. This is my work and my livelihood.
Strangulation was my hobby. When I applied for the job and did well on the tests – proving that I could take the psychological pressure and so on – they said: “Congratulations. Now, grow a moustache.
Islamic law. How did they ever live without it? Oh right, they "lived" without it.