Jobs are hard to find in many developed nations. Europe is struggling with anemic economic growth. Youth unemployment is at historic high levels. The economic powers of USA and Japan are not doing better. Japan had been limping with economic woes for 2 decades while USA has nearly 50 million people on food stamps. Many have given up looking for jobs (according to CNBC, 40% of the unemployed have already quit finding jobs), or are doing casual jobs most of the time. The blame is on China having taken away a huge chunk of industrial production because of its cheap labour.
If you are not choosy, there is a quaint job opening in Saudi Arabia. The job does not need special skills. But it will take a strong stomach and a depraved mind to even consider the job offering. Moreover, only eight vacancies are available. You need to be quick.
Saudi Arabia has opened eight job vacancies for executioners. New executioners are required because of a drastic increase of death penalties, namely beheadings in the Kingdom.
No special training is required from applicants. The executioners will have to behead condemned criminals in public as well as carry out amputations on those convicted of lesser offenses. The executioners would be considered as ‘religious functionaries’, since they would be serving religious courts and be on the lower end of the civil service pay scale.
The recruitment drive comes a day after Saudi Arabia executed the 85th person this year. The number reached in less than five months is compared to an estimated 90 executions over the whole 2014, according to Amnesty International.
The surge that occurred under King Salman rule can be explained with a backlog of appeal cases by death-row inmates that newly-appointed judges have to deal with.
The Saudi authorities inflict capital punishment to the foreigners as well.
Although criminals are usually executed in Saudi Arabia by public beheading, occasionally, a new punishment known as crucifixion will take place. The crimes punishable by death range from violent crimes like murder and rape to blasphemy, adultery, drug crimes, witchcraft and “disobeying the King”.
The Saudis should have no problem recruiting ISIS for the job. They are experienced and probably will do the job for free. It is puzzling why the job offering needs to be advertised at all.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.