Meanwhile, our "Good friends" continue with their own unique brand of old-fashioned Islamic justice. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia-Rizana Nafeek, a 19-year-old housemaid from Sri Lanka, is on death row because the baby in her care died while she was bottle-feeding him. If her appeal is turned down, she will be taken to a public square to be publicy beheaded.
The Sri Lankan government says it is working for a reprieve, and has until Monday to file the plea. A last-minute pardon by the infant's parents could also spare her. But if her execution goes ahead, it will be the latest in a surge of beheadings that could surpass the kingdom's record of 191 in 2005.
After dropping to 38 last year, the figure for 2007 is already at least 102, including three women, according to Amnesty International. Before anyone says this might be a capitol offense case, I should point out that in Saudi Arabia, like most Islamic countries, you can be put to death for looking at an Imam the wrong way. But at least they're our allies, right?