BARBARIC JUSTICE OR JUST PLAIN JUSTICE? – There have been a number of reports lately of swift and barbaric justice being carried out in the Islamic world, such as the two Robbers who were publicly hanged in Iran and the thief who had his fingers chopped off.
We in the West often feel these are acts of barbarism and should not occur in the modern world, our liberal views are that criminals should be shown mercy and helped to change their ways through education and sympathetic understanding.
The other day Meebal.com published an article, which contained a video documentary, of life in Saudi Arabia. In the video the Crown Prince talk about the perceptions that the West has of Islamic justice, however he pointed out that they do not go around chopping people’s hands off without good reason. In fact a person has to be convicted three times of thief and there must be witnesses to the theft before a conviction can be made. As the Crown Prince pointed out, we all have different cultures and laws are tied directly to these.
The video lasted an hour and I sat through the whole documentary and while some areas still left me a little bewildered, other parts left me thinking that maybe they have a better justice system than our own.
Last year I was sitting in a bar having a beer with a friend. His job involved advanced engineering and he announced that he had just been awarded a 3 year contract in Tehran, Iran. Obviously I was a little shocked and asked him if he knew what he was doing. His reply was more than a surprise and went on to say that he had obtained a contract in Iran before and the day he left was one of the saddest of his life. He went on to say how wonderful the Iranians are and how hospitable they were. He also assured me that it was completely safe with strict laws that resulted in very little crime. His final comment was; “If I had a choice of walking through London or Tehran at 3am then I’ll take Tehran any day of the week – chances are the police will ask you if you are ok and offer to give you a lift home. The chances of you falling foul to crime are almost non-existent.”
So maybe we have the wrong impression of Iran and indeed the whole of the Middle East. I have many friends who have worked in the Middle East and while life is a complete contrast it is not anything like what we perceived, mainly due to the bad press from the mainstream media and tabloids.
Yes, the Middle East suffers from terrorism, but just because one Muslim is a terrorist doesn’t mean that they all are. Think about labeling our own population in the same way, for instance if a kid in a rundown housing steals a car does that mean that all the kids in that housing estate are car thieves? Of course not, but we getting to a point where we do perceive all Muslims to be the same.
Take the first instance that I mentioned above, with the public hanging. The two that were hanged attacked an innocent guy with a machete and robbed him. They were caught, tried, convicted and hanged the next day. One thing is for sure – they won’t be committing any more crime. Now ask yourself… is this really such a bad thing? Is this barbaric or real justice?
So many people across the world, and in particular the UK, moan about the rising levels of violent crime. As a recent article on Meebal.com clearly showed, the UK has the highest number of violent crimes compared to any other EU member state. Now ask yourself why that is? Yes, we’ve covered the issue of blaming the UK Judges for not being tougher on criminals, but as that article points out, their hands are tied due to the liberal laws that been introduced since the abolition of Corporal and Capital punishment and the fact that UK society is now so violent that there is simply no more room in our prisons.
There has been much debate over the years, regarding the reintroduction of both Corporal and Capital punishment and the polls and surveys indicate that the public would vote on reinstatement if given a referendum. Unfortunately the UK is not the democratic country it likes to make out it is, for if it were, then referendums on issues that affects the daily lives of the UK citizen would be conducted many times each year.
The next time you read an article about some Muslim country carrying out Islamic Justice remember that this is their culture and when you compare crime figures in the Middle East against those in the West then it is apparent that the Western world has nothing to be proud of – we live in a system, by our own creation of allowing criminals to wonder the streets, killing, raping and mugging.