“The ritual of chopping off heads was graphically described by an Irish witness to a triple execution in Jeddah in 1997. “Standing to the left of the first prisoner, and a little behind him, the executioner focused on his quarry … I watched as the sword was being drawn back with the right hand. A one-handed back swing of a golf club came to mind … the down-swing begins … the blade met the neck and cut through it like … a heavy cleaver cutting through a melon … a crisp moist smack. The head fell and rolled a little. The torso slumped neatly. I see now why they tied wrists to feet … the brain had no time to tell the heart to stop, and the final beat bumped a gush of blood out of the headless torso on to the plinth.” And you can bet they won’t be talking about this at Buckingham Palace today.” (thanks As`ad–not me).