JORDAN: The Man & the Mountain

Amid the craggy wastes of Hashemite Jordan, wiry, Nevada-born Engineer John Monroe looks not much bigger than a pine sapling, but last week the local Bedouins were calling him "the Man Mountain." And why not? For if Allah, in his wisdom, sees fit to move a mountain, and a little man all alone pushes it back again, is not that man as good as the mountain?

The mountain that John Monroe put in its place was once an orderly peak in Wadi Shaib. Last month, local police patrolling the road to Jerusalem reported that it was walking away. Government officials...

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