So the Saudis are beheading two people a week right now. I know that they're our valued chums, as well as being the valued chums of the US, China and so on and therefore must be characterised as forever on the brink of reform. So thinking pragmatically about this, couldn't we send them a guillotine or something? Maybe a gold-plated one? Gotta be worth a couple of Eurofighters, that.
I suppose this might have something to do with regional unrest. The beheaded folk weren't involved in politics, but whacking someone's head off in public does send that all important message. And quite right,too. If they had a revolution the Islamists might get in.