A prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, was executed yesterday in an attempt to weaken the Shiite segment of the Muslim world.
He was murdered along with 46 other people in order to project the murder as just a normal implementation of the Sharia Law and not a deliberate attack against a major geopolitical enemy.
As expected, Western politicians are seizing the limelight and are condemning the execution as “profoundly wrong” according to Hilary Benn and “strengthens our existing concerns about increasing tensions and deepening rifts in the region,” said another German diplomat.
But why are these governments not punishing the House of Saud as quickly and with all sorts of sanctions, just like they are imposing on other “terrorist” nations, e.g. Iran, Syria?
Certainly, the House of Saud qualifies to be labelled as a House of Terror considering the manner at which it executes its political enemies on a whim.
“If Saudi Arabia included a video of the executions of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the 46 other people they killed on Saturday, it would have nothing short of a Daesh Takfiri terrorist propaganda video. The macabre simile was uttered by the Independent’s Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk.
“All that was missing was the video of the decapitations – although the Kingdom’s 158 beheadings last year were perfectly in tune with the Wahhabi teachings of Daesh,” said Fisk.
Daesh has on multiple occasions released footage portraying elaborate mass executions of hostages.
Fisk noted that the recent flood of beheadings are “certainly an unprecedented Saudi way of welcoming in the New Year.”
‘Riyadh profoundly wrong to execute Nimr’
UK shadow foreign secretary has condemned the execution of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Hilary Benn said Riyadh “was profoundly wrong” to execute the Sheikh Nimr, who was seen as an outspoken critic of the Saudi regime and vocal supporter of peaceful anti-regime protests.
“Saudi Arabia profoundly wrong to execute Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Opposed to the death penalty and Amnesty had serious concerns about his trial,” Benn wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron condemned the execution of the Saudi cleric and 46 other prisoners as “abhorrent” and urged the British government to pile up more pressure on foreign governments into abolishing the death penalty.
“”I utterly condemn Saudi Arabia for the execution of 47 people including the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Capital punishment is utterly abhorrent and the Prime Minister needs to turn round to our ‘ally’ and tell them capital punishment is wrong,” Farron was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Protest rally in London
Meanwhile, British protesters rallied outside the Saudi embassy in London to express their anger about the executions.
Amnesty International UK’s Shane Enright was also among the demonstrators.
‘This is an absolute, fundamental, breach of basic human rights,’ said the rights activist, pointing to a recent Amnesty report which concluded that the trial against Sheikh Nimr was ‘deeply flawed’.
“We also came to the conclusion that he was jailed solely for expressing his peaceful points of view, protesting peacefully against the regimes,” he added.
‘Turning blind eye to atrocities’
The UK-based International human rights group Reprieve, slammed Britain and US governments for supporting their ally Saudi Arabia despite its alarming human rights record and said they “must not” turn a blind eye to the executions.
“Saudi Arabia’s allies – including the US and UK – must not turn a blind eye to such atrocities and must urgently appeal to the kingdom to change course,” said Maya Foa, director of the death penalty team at Reprieve.
Maya Foa also said Saudi Arabia executed over 150 people during 2015, many for non-violent offenses.
“Today’s appalling news, with nearly 50 executed in a single day, suggests 2016 could be even worse…Alarmingly, the Saudi government is continuing to target those who have called for domestic reform in the kingdom, executing at least four of them today. There are now real concerns that those protesters sentenced to death as children could be next in line to face the swordsman’s blade,” she added.
The 56-year old cleric was executed along with 46 prisoners for terrorism offenses on Saturday.
According to Reprieve, 3 other anti-regime protesters were among the executions.
Nimr’s execution is viewed as part of a heavy-handed crackdown on Shia minority living in the country’s Eastern Province.
“Saudi Arabia is run by one of the most corrupt and despotic families in the history of the world. These are people who will stop at nothing to try to preserve their billions and billions dollars which they have stolen from the people of Arabia and deposited in Swiss bank accounts,” Dr. Kevin Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11, told Press TV in a Saturday interview.
“These people are organized crime figures and calling it Saudi Arabia is an insult to the people of Arabia. That would be like naming the United States after its ruling crime family and calling it Bushy America,” he added.
Gruesome executions have not stopped the Saudis’ Western allies from maintaining ties with the monarchy despite claims of support for human rights.
Last October, British Prime Minster David Cameron defended a secret deal with Riyadh, which drew condemnation from British media.
During an interview with the UK’s Channel 4, Cameron suggested that London’s “relationship” with the country supersedes its human rights record.
Reminiscent of the US embassy storming by Iranian youths ” for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students, belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, who were supporting the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.,” the Saudi Embassy suffered the same fate when angry protesters decided to light up the first floor with Molotov bombs…
From a bigger perspective, the induced division between the Muslim countries in the Middle East makes them all vulnerable against Western hegemonic tendencies.
The Jesuits who trained “Prophet Mohammad”centuries ago to introduce another religion to counter Christianity threatening the Anglo-Roman-Spanish Empires, was a bold countermove to divide and conquer both sides of the planet.
Dividing the Muslim faith into multiple sectors, just like they divide Christianity into smaller denominations, weakens the whole community even further.
Indeed, the oldest trick in the book, i.e. divide and conquer, is still serving the Jesuits very well.
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