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It is bright and sunny on this day of death.

A deep hole has been dug in the ground.

A 30-year-old woman, tied up from feet to shoulders, as a stick, is lowered alive into this hole, in a standing position. Only her neck and head are visible.

The woman is to be stoned under an accusation of adultery.

(Under Islamic law--Shaira--there is no need for proof, a simple accusation on the part of the offended and four reputable witnesses to sexual penetration is enough to condemn.

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"What were these witnesses doing there,"- we ask appalled, "standing in line?"-

But The Law is the law under God and all shall yield to His law.

Islamic law - Al-Ma'idah: 33.

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At this the West screams "-foul," but while profiting from the labour of prisoners and, in some places (as obscure as Nigeria where stoning still happens), like Texas for example, condemned people are put into electric chairs or poisoned or "-hanged by the neck"- until dead.

The difference?

Participation--those who get to be part of the execution and how it is done. In the west, it's "-private," in the east, "-public."

Those same sets of laws that punish adultery with stoning are part of the same legal system that kept Islamic banks from succumbing to Greenspan's "-Economic Tsunami," the worst of which in the West--it is generally agreed--is yet to come.

A Muslim actress is kept from being flogged for kissing Richard Gear on the forehead--what strings were pulled there?  The same strings, perhaps, that allowed the Dubai banks to veer from strict Islamic law and, in so doing, become some of the very few Islamic banks caught in one of the lowest of acts, stealing candy from babies: stealing "-ordinary" people's pension and mortgage money, gambling with it, losing it and finally, asking the same victims they took it from to pay for those losses?


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On October 9 this year the entire country of Iceland went bankrupt, "having bought American worthless sub-prime mortgages as investments" . (Google Iceland Goes Bankrupt-- Business Day).


Keeping an open mind has always seemed like a good idea because it nurtured curiosity.

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Tom is a contributor to public debate on issues affecting our survival; works with a London and a South African think tank, is a working journalist and author.

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