When the West talks about bringing our form of democracy to the Middle East we miss the point. Much of the Middle East lives in a way totally alien to the way we live in the west. Countries such as Libya are still primarily tribal regions.
If you doubt this read on.
Today, December 12, 2011, a woman was beheaded in Saudi Arabia, having been found guilty of sorcery and witchcraft.
Saudi Arabia has refused to agree to a UN instigated moratorium on executions. Currently the country has 140 people on death row. Crimes such as rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking can all be punished by death by execution.
It seems though that sorcery is outlawed in Saudi and is also punishable by death.
In the West this seems a step back into the dark ages. Death for practising witchcraft was carried out in the West centuries ago. It was more often than not women who were killed. Sometimes the witchcraft accusation was an easy way to get rid of an unwanted wife.
However in the 21st Century, we in the West will be appalled at the beheading of a woman, especially for crimes such as so called sorcery and witchcraft.
The woman has been named as Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar. Her death brings the total number of executions in Saudi Arabia, this year, to 73.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog