Sunday, January 02, 2005

I'm so confused

Saudi Arabia Beheads Pakistani, Iraqi Men

"ESTRIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Two men, a Pakistani and an Iraqi, were beheaded Saturday for smuggling drugs into Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced.

The Pakistani, Mohammed Amin Abdullah Jan, was convicted of smuggling an undisclosed amount of heroin into the kingdom and was beheaded in the Red Sea port city of Jiddah, the ministry statement said. Mattar bin Hussein bin Bakhit al-Khazaali, an Iraqi, was convicted of smuggling hashish into the kingdom and was beheaded in the northern town of Arar, close to the Iraqi border, according to the ministry.
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At least 35 people were beheaded in the kingdom in 2004 compared with 52 people in 2003, most of whom were convicted of drug smuggling. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of drug trafficking, murder, rape and armed robbery can be executed. Beheadings are carried out with a sword in public."

SecDef Rumsfeld visits, fields questions from Marines at Al Asad

"AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 10, 2004) -- The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, visited with Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen at Al Asad for the first time here today to meet the troops in Iraq first-hand.
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After meeting with senior Marine generals, including Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Rumsfeld later delivered a 15-minute speech dealing with terrorism, national security and Iraq.

"Because of your efforts we now have a government in Iraq that will not invade other countries, will not fire missiles at its neighbors, will not seek weapons of mass destruction, will not harbor terrorists, will not slaughter its own people and will not behead people," said Rumsfeld during his latest visit to Iraq since U.S. forces drove Saddam Hussein from power in 2003." (emphasis added)

Maybe Rummy actually meant to just criticize governments that "harbor terrorists who can't make successful attacks on American soil," and "behead people on camera."

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