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Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 20, 2022 at 07:08

Salman was completely wrong when he believed the threat would go way with time. I think the exact opposite is true. When he was young there was plenty of time to murder him another day. His age creates some urgency for the potential murderer. What if Salman died from the natural causes of old age? Wouldn't that render the ultimately unexecuted fatwa irrelevant?

Certainly his capacity to defend himself and to survive an attack would degrade with age as well. That would attract even the amateur murderer.

In short, Salman at his age is like a low hanging fruit for those out to pick it quick before it falls by itself.

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What an original and interesting point.

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