Mass crucifixion: The Saudi Arabian Rome

Sheik Nimr al-Nimr 
Sheik Baqir Al-Nimr

"Washington’s closest ally in the Arab world, the dictatorial monarchy of Saudi Arabia, ushered in the New Year with a torrent of blood, simultaneously executing 47 prisoners.  This wave of state murders unfolded at 12 separate prisons across the kingdom. At eight of them, the condemned were beheaded, while at four others they were cut down by firing squads. The headless corpses were then crucified and left hanging in public as a hideous warning to any who would even contemplate opposing the absolute power of the ruling royal family."   Writes Bill Van Auken - "The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia."

Compare this with what happened in the ancient Roman Empire, in what is known as the last of the slave insurrections that Rome experienced - rebellion Spartacus .. mass crucifixion.

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Spartacus was a slave and a gladiator.  He led a huge slave uprising - a vivid example of a revolt by the oppressed fighting for freedom against the slave owning oligarchy - that began in the year 100 BC, approximately.  It attracted numerous slaves and peasants to the Spartacan forces that swelled to an army of many thousands.  It's a long story, and a factual one.  To wrap it up briefly, in 72 BC the forces of Spartacus were defeated by the Roman army led by the relentless Marcus Crassus (a Roman general, politician and the richest man in the land) with 40,000 soldiers disciplined with brutal harshness.  Spartacus was killed and at least 6,000 rebels were crucified along the entire stretch of the road from Rome to Capua.  Their lifeless bodies hung for several days - a message to the Roman public, if ever any one dared to rebel against the Empire.

That's Saudi Arabia today .. the closest ally of the Western world in the Middle-East!   No wonder the tone of current history books including Wiki inclines to be more considerate towards the Roman cause.