Who are we to judge what is an ass-backwards society, or to make a statement about certain politicians in some countries thinking it is okay to “rule” for 30 years and live like a King while the people are starving.
I am not in a position to make that determination, however the stories below tell a completely different tale.
Instead of pointing out the obvious, let the stories below tell the whole story and give us an opportunity to be thankful to live in democracies, like Canada (and the US).
Story 1 comes to us from Tehran, Iran. An Iranian man who attracted several disciples after claiming to be God was hanged for apostasy in the southwest of the country last week.
Turns out in Iran, apostasy, murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran’s sharia law, in practice since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
The western-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran published a report earlier this month which calculated that Iran had executed an average of one person every eight hours since the start of the year – see that stat – one person every 8 hours. Scary.
Rights groups say Iran is second only to China in the number of executions it carries out, and puts more people to death than any other country per head of population. Iran routinely dismisses Western criticism of its justice system, saying it is implementing Islamic law.
Who said being a Dick, err, Dictator was bad. Although it would seem to me that the leaders in Iran are guilty of exactly what they are murdering their people over.
Story 2 – North Korea is about as unstable a nation as there is. If their dear leader, the amazing Kim Jong-il, was in Iran they would ahve hung him already.
Il, in his autobiagraphy, makes the following claims according to the UK Telegraph;
* Even before his birth, the future leader of North Korea was triggering miracles. Official biographers say his birth in a cabin on the slopes of Baekdu Mountain in February 1942 was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea’s only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
* Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
* The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
* As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chastised his teachers for their incorrect interpretations of history.
* Kim wrote six full operas in two years, “all of which are better than any in the history of music,” according to his official biography.
* He designed the Tower of the Juche Idea, a 170-metre tower in the east bank of the River Taedong in central Pyongyang that is topped by a glowing red flame.
* Kim’s official biography also claims that he wrote 1,500 books during his time at Kim Sung Il University, from where he graduated in 1964.
* According to the Korea Central News Agency, Kim is an expert on all aspects of the film industry and “improved the scripts and guided the production” of the movie “Diary of a Girl Student.” His favourite movies are reportedly “Friday the 13th,” “Rambo” and anything starring Elizabeth Taylor.
* Kim reportedly employs a servant to inspect every grain of rice that is served to him. Any with the most minor of flaws is discarded.
Does anyone really believe this?
And the 3rd story – surrounds the recent protests in countries like Tunesia, Egypt and Iran. While the world watches, not quite sure what to make of it, Iranian politicians have called for opposition leaders to be handed the death penalty following the protests, accusing them of fomenting unrest.
“Mehdi Karroubi and Mirhossein Mousavi are corrupts on earth and should be tried,” politicians were quoted as saying by the official Irna news agency.
The term “corrupt on earth”, a charge which has been leveled at political dissidents in the past, carries the death penalty in the Islamic republic.
I think a country is ass backwards when you can be put to death by the state for speaking your mind.
I’m all for capital punishment in cases where there is clear evidence that if released a person is a danger to society, or if there has been serious harm done – ie/ killing people, but by speaking out about a corrupt government… Idiots… All of them.
But hey, what do I know?
Is that a double rainbow I see?