An Amazing Blog for Good Friday 2016

Easter 2016, the world is still in a state of Terror. These so called Islamic Jihadists of isis are spreading their terror throughout the free world. Brussels most recently, Istanbul, Paris a short time back.I look back on my 70 plus years on earth, major events in both my life and World wide events are flooding my memory bank this Easter weekend.Easter 1977 was my first visit to the Holy Land. I was 32 years of age. ½ my current age, give or take a year.I had 16 years in the Canadian Army at that time. Having served 9 years in Germany on NATO duties,With  one UN tour under my belt. The war of Yom Kippur between the Egyptians and the Israelis in 1973 sometimes called the 6 day war.However I digress. Easter weekend 1976 found me as part of the aircrew of 437(T) Sqn. What we called a VIP trip with the then Minister of National Defence the Right Honourable Barney Danson, a veteran of the Normandy landings  Juno beach 1944 with the Queen’s own Rifles of Canada.Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, I opened the door of the aircraft when the steps were in place. The Israeli advance man shook my hand and then placing his right hand over his eye. He said your minister is here to meet with my minister. ( Both Barney Danson and the Israeli Defence Minister Moishe Dayan had lost an eye).The best part of these trips was the fact that while on the ground ¾ days no work. So touring became the norm. I am finally here in this story, we had a bus reserved to take us to Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Walking along the Via Delarosa in Jerusalem, the hairs on the back of my neck started to rise. At the end of the walk we reached the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus had been lain to rest after his crucifixion. The feelings of a presence were very strong, as I watched little old ladies walking on their knees on this hard stone. Tears filled my eyes as I felt the holiness of the scene. In Jerusalem there are Synagogues  Churches and Mosques where people live and pray in relative peace. This must spread to throughout the world.FYI:

The Via Dolorosa (Latin: “Way of Grief,” “Way of Sorrows,” “Way of Suffering” or simply “Painful Way”; Arabic: طريق الآلام  is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, held to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—a distance of about 600 metres (2,000 feet)—is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th century, replacing various earlier versions.[1] It is today marked by nine Stations of  the Cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late 15th century,[1] with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

What does this memory have to do with today. In my heart of hearts, I cannot understand the lowlife cowards who are so called jihadists. To wreak terror and fear throughout the world. Perhaps we should follow the characters in the book titled. CHAPTER XXI BookCoverImageARMAGEDDON

by Frederick Rodgers  Self Published by the author     ISBN 1502340860. This imaginative and page turning book is well worth the read. A word of warning your bath water will get cold once you start reading this exciting tale. I heartily recommend this book and it will indeed make a superb  film.

Available at:

Not to spoil the tale for future readers suffice to say, that it will certainly provoke your mind and thoughts to the current world situation.

Something to think about:

While Christianity and Judaism have managed to resolve many of their issues and live together in relative peace, the leaders of Islam still cling to their 1400 years of hatred for the Jewish people. Quoting the early words of Mohammad himself, we hear leading Muslim clerics say, “The Day of Resurrection will not arrive until the Muslims make war against the Jews and kill them, and until a Jew is hiding behind a rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!” This is used as justification for an ongoing campaign against the Jewish people by Islamist’s, who embrace the genocidal thinking of the Nazis. It is no co-incidence that after the Qur’an, the most popular book in the 57 Islamic nations is Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Terrorism is the curse of the 21st century. Over 18,500 acts of terror have been committed in the name of Allah since the attack of 9/11/2001 that destroyed the World Trade Center. Sadly, most of the victims of Islamic terror are Muslims. Islam has been at war with itself since its earliest days over the Sunni and Shia versions of Islam. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Muslims have died in a 1400 year old argument over who is a better Muslim. When the terrorists are not killing Jews and Israelis along with Egypt’s Copts, black African Christians, American or Europeans, their fellow Muslims often become the main target.

Please enjoy a lovely Easter weekend with your families and loved ones. Give a though to our Canadian military personnel  who are once again away from their families and loved ones.

Pax Vobiscum.

Nil Sine Labor


God Bless and keep reading and have a wonderful Easter Celebration.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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