The Spiders of Allah by James Hider

By James Hider

The bloodshed perpetrated within the identify of faith on the earth this present day is nowhere extra noticeable than within the center East. no matter if we're speaking approximately hardcore Zionist settlers nonetheless combating old Biblical battles within the hills of the West financial institution or Shiite loss of life squads roaming the lawless streets of Iraq within the aftermath of Saddam; no matter if it is the misappropriation and martyrdom of Mickey Mouse through Gaza's Islamists, or a US president performing on God's orders, James Hider sees the hallucinatory impact of what he calls the 'crack cocaine of fanatical fundamentalism' throughout him.As James Hider travels round the center East, from Israel to Gaza, to Iraq ­and then again to Jerusalem, he is taking his doubts approximately non secular ideals to the very middle of the world's holy wars. He meets terrorists and their sufferers, squaddies and clerics, traditional humans and notable humans. The query at the back of his brain is: how can humans not just think in all this insanity, yet die and kill for...

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Much later on, I learned that the tunnel had a key historical significance linked to the transmitter of contagious ideas hunched atop it. It was built around the time of King Hezekiah, ruler of the Biblical kingdom of Judah and heir to the throne of King David. Hezekiah’s reign coincided with one of the most significant episodes in the development of monotheistic faiths, an apparent miracle that secured Judaism, and its Christian and Muslim successors, as the dominant forces in the mind of millions of followers.

There were gasps of amazement as news of the attacks filtered over on the vehicle’s radio. They asked the driver to turn it up. Some of the men translated for those of us who didn’t speak Hebrew. ‘Thank Gawd,’ crowed one of the Brooklynites who had just heard of the Biblical catastrophe raining down on his native city. ’ These religious frontiersmen would stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near our office, where they guzzled herring and matzo at breakfast before returning to their neat little villages on the craggy hilltops of the Wild West Bank.

Why are the mosques built there? Because in the seventh century a man named Mohammed had a dream that he had flown from Arabia to Jerusalem on a winged horse, before ascending from the huge stone platform to heaven to meet the prophets who had gone before him. This journey on a flying steed, known as al-Isra, is believed by many Muslims to have been not a dream but a literal reality. According to the rabbinical scholars, there was in fact a simcard at the centre of the baleful transmitter, the buried Ark itself.

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