War and Terrorism
In some Muslim countries, citizens are subject to Sharia law and are frequently punished severely for crimes. Amputation, whipping, and death by stoning are options even for relatively minor crimes.
The privilege of carrying out the punishments also carries the burden of the effort. Throwing softball-size rocks and wielding a whip are exhausting activities especially while you're trying to impress a crowd.
No Muslim is safe from punishment. Even women and children are subject.
Muslims already have public relations problems with the Western world over these primitive methods. And Iran is showcasing its developing technology by adding a modern touch to the process.
By fabricating a few additions, these ordinary machine-shop items can be turned into a multiple finger amputation machine, no axe or machete necessary.
The candidate-for-rehabilitation is led to the machine by hooded figures where his hand is held down by a toggle clamp attached to a metal plate.
Several people assist in the project. Two hold down the blindfolded prisoner while another turns the crank that lowers the saw blade, severing four fingers.
The man was found guilty of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz.
With modern innovations like this, accidents like the one above can be avoided.
Yet soldiers still put themselves in mortal danger to perform their duty.
In honor of Veteran's Day, we offer these safety tips for World War II soldiers.
Steel fragments from high explosives may result in death. If you are in close proximity to high explosives that have detonated, avoid them entirely.
Many small fragments are just as bad, if not worse, than single larger fragments.
While shrapnel wounds can be extremely messy, actually being the point of impact for a high explosive shell is far worse. If traumatic decapitation occurs, seek immediate medical attention.
Wounds like this were almost always fatal in World War II. Advances in field medicine and fast evacuation to a medical facility have made some severe injuries survivable. But not these.
Head wounds are frequently the most debilitating, since you only have one head.
It doesn't matter if your head is intact if you can't keep it attached, so neck wounds can be debilitating as well.
The more points of entry, the more likely that you'll lose a vital organ. Try to minimize defenestration.
Your guts need to be kept in a sterile environment at the proper temperature. Severe abdominal wounds can preclude this. Avoid the temptation to remove the protruding parts. Also, this is why you should always wear clean underwear. You wouldn't want the paramedics to think you're a slob.
Clear mines before walking through a mined area. Wounds to the lower extremities make it difficult to run, and thereby leave you more susceptible to other types of harm.
If the wounds are really severe, be grateful for the bits that are left undamaged.
Sometimes there's just not much you can do. The enemy always fights dirty.
Decades have passed since World War II. We're more civilized now. and we have more sophisticated weapons.
But war is still a pretty ugly business, especially when its in color.
Freehold, Iowa, home to Landover Baptist, is perhaps the most evolved example of the new Crusade.
The Church of England, anxious to show its relevance in the 21st century, has begun a campaign to raise the awareness of Jesus Christ and it looks like they've taken a page from the Landover Baptist godly media handbook.
Instead of religion at the point of a sword, they're simply trying to make Jesus Christ seem more human, they claim.
Church leaders admit the controversial campaign by Christian media group ChurchAds.net won't be to everyone’s taste, but hope it will make the Christmas story appeal to the younger generation, which, evidently, is amused by a doll that wees.
The previous year's campaign didn't resonate with the target audience either.
Arun Arora, the Church of England’s communications director, said: "We need to be re-telling the story of Christ’s birth in ways which engage creatively and positively with the public’s interest."
We suggest they try again: And skip the adolescent years.