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 <h2 id="with_enemies_like_this_who_needs_friends">8. With Enemies Like This, Who Needs Friends?</h2>
 <p>After they took me out of the building of the intelligence agency, I decided to continue my tour of the Enemy's country with the emphasis on collecting important intelligence information in indirect means. I started my intelligence work in a visit I conducted the next day's morning in one of the water parks of the country. I always wanted to visit a place like that and to amuse myself in it, and I assumed I can conduct some serious espionage over there. I continued with guided tours in the main cities and in the ancient cities, a visit to the theme park, and meals at fancy restaurants. One of the most dangerous espionage missions I took was a guided tour for expert hikers that included cliff-hanging. Of course the rest of the tourists that participated in the tour could have done the same intelligence work I did, but they were not aware of the great intelligence potential that was inherited in it.</p>
 <p>After I completed all those missions I possessed a large amount of intelligence information about the Enemy. The only fact that could shadow the success of my mission was that that information was not substantially different from the information I had before I visited its country. In any case, all those missions exhausted me and I decided to continue in the tour in a less intensive pace; I decided that I'll just tour the cities of the country in my own pace, without a defined cause.</p>
-<p>So, I had the opportunity of visiting various places, most of which were completely mundane for the locals, but still pretty interesting for a stranger. Thus, for instance, I was present in a political assembly of one of the country's parties. I saw the leader of the party give his speech to the loud voice of the encouragement calls of those present. I decided to try my mathematical skills in calculating the sum of the independent opinions of those present in the crowd, but even I realized that it was hard for me to work with such low numbers. After I had to change the digital precision three times during the calculation of the sum of the first ten independent opinions, I realised it would be too hard for me.</p>
-<p>However, I managed to make it up to myself on this failure during that tour. Two days after that, I stumbled into one of the universities there and noticed a sign that announced a large gathering that took place there that day: "'Out of the north an evil shall break forth' - a symposium regarding the political status between us and the Occupier and the Country". I decided it was something I had to be present in, and therefore I immediately bought an entrance ticket and entered the lecturing hall.</p>
+<p>So, I had the opportunity of visiting various places, most of which were completely mundane for the locals, but still pretty interesting for a stranger. Thus, for instance, I was present in a political assembly of one of the country's political parties. I saw the leader of the party give his speech to the loud voice of the encouragement calls of those present. I decided to try my mathematical skills in calculating the sum of the independent opinions of those present in the crowd, but even I realized that it was hard for me to work with such low numbers. After I had to change the digital precision three times during the calculation of the sum of the first ten independent opinions, I realised it would be too hard for me.</p>
+<p>However, I managed to make it up to myself on this failure during that tour. Two days after that, I stumbled into one of the universities there and noticed a sign that announced a large gathering that took place there that day: "'Out of the north an evil shall break forth' - a symposium regarding the political status between us and the Occupier and the Country". I decided it was something I had to be present in, and therefore I immediately bought a ticket for that and went into the lecturing hall.</p>
 <p>I noticed that one of the lectures was already in session and the professor who lectured was just explaining why the present situation made it difficult on signing a normalisation treaty between the Enemy and the Occupier. I found a vacant seat and sat there. To my side sat a young man that wrote notes in a notebook he held in his hand. I assumed he was a student. After a few minutes he turned his look towards me and then his face enlightened from surprise. "Wait a second," he said "You look familiar. Are you by any chance a famous person? Wait a second, aren't you the ex-Member of the Organisation?"</p>
 <p>"The answer to the first question is 'Yes'."</p>
 <p>"So you're not the ex-Member of the Organisation?"</p>
 <p>"I wouldn't have deduced it from what I said."</p>
 <p>"So you are the ex-Member?"</p>
 <p>"That's not something that is derived from what I said either. Sometimes it just amazes me... "</p>
-<p>But he did not stay to hear the rest of the sentence, but rose up and advanced towards the aisle. He probably identified me with confidence or assumed I'm the only man in the world who can answer in such a cryptic way. He hurried to the front of the hall where he spoke with some of the organisers of the study day. After they whispered between themselves, one of them went on the stage and whispered something to the lecturer. The lecturer stopped lecturing, pondered for a moment and then said: "Gentlemen, I was informed right now that the ex-Member of the Organisation, that as we all know is visiting our country now, is at the moment present in this hall. Due to the important part he took in shaping the political status we are discussing today, I ask him to get on this stage and present us his opinion regarding the Organisation and the political state that prevails with him."</p>
+<p>But he did not stay to hear the rest of the sentence, but rose up and advanced towards the aisle. He probably identified me with confidence or assumed I'm the only man in the world who can answer in such a cryptic way. He hurried to the front of the hall where he spoke with some of the organisers of the study day. After they consulted between them quietly, one of them went on the stage and whispered something to the lecturer. The lecturer stopped lecturing, pondered for a moment and then said: "Gentlemen, I was informed right now that the ex-Member of the Organisation, that as we all know is visiting our country now, is at the moment present in this hall. Due to the important part he took in shaping the political status we are discussing today, I ask him to get on this stage and present us his opinion regarding the Organisation and the political state that prevails in the Country."</p>
 <p>And so I rose and advanced toward the stage to the hand-clapping of the audience in the hall. After I went on the stage, the professor shook my hand, presented me with the microphone and went off the stage himself. I rose my hand to silence the hand-clapping, waited until they stopped and started to speak:</p>
 <p>"Before I begin with my speech, I'd like to indicate that for the duration of the speech, I accept Aristotle's Organum. The reason for that is that otherwise I'll be able to prove any statement as well as its opposite statement. Therefore, since in this case all the possible statements are true, I could have finished the speech at this moment, since there's no use for me to prove them.</p>
-<p>As we all know, while the activity of all the other terrorist organisation that were active in my country was disabled for a long while, and the weaponry that they possessed was given to the army, the state of the Organisation had never been better. Why in that case does the Occupier gives him such a broad freedom of action? The reason for that is that the Organisation is not a national organisation in the full sense of the word or even in half its sense. In fact, it's an organisation that fulfills the philosophy of the Supporter, that strictly opposes the Enemy, but doesn't have an interest to struggle against the Occupier.</p>
+<p>As we all know, while the Occupier disabled the activity of all the other terrorist organisation that were active in my country for a long while, and the weaponry that they possessed was given to the army, the state of the Organisation had never been better. Why in that case does the Occupier gives him such a broad freedom of action? The reason for that is that the Organisation is not a national organisation in the full sense of the word or even in half its sense. In fact, it's an organisation that fulfils the philosophy of the Supporter, that strictly opposes the Enemy, but doesn't have an interest to struggle against the Occupier.</p>
 <p>If not for the desire of the Occupier to force the Enemy into a normalisation treaty, the Organisation wouldn't have survived in his current form either. Thus, out of being subordinate to an external political force, one can say that the Organisation is an alien corn in the political map of my country. But I, on my part, don't find any bad in the integration of foreign interests in local politics. Allow me to quote on the subject one of the most important people of our generation: 'Some say: 'Whatever you can do on your own, you can do best'. I disagree with them'.</p>
 <p>Because when you let others meddle in your own business, you slowly lose control on what you are doing and what happens to you. In a slow but methodical way, one loses track of his original intentions, one feels that one more and more doesn't understand why he's doing what he's doing... or for what or for whose sake you're doing it. And then he gets the feeling that nothing is under his responsibility, and that he is in fact a vassal of the external factor. And that is, from experience, the most liberating feeling in the world, which is accompanied by feeling a complete freedom from responsibility or from the need to decide the future on your own.</p>
 <p>Some will say this liberty will soon be over in a ruin, but this liberty, as short as it will be, is a liberty without second. Or as this great man once said: 'Consciousness allows any conscious individual to make his own decisions, but he is most as ease when he's not making use of his consciousness.'.</p>
 <p>Which brings me to the next point: do the members of the Organisation, as members of my people, have a solid reason to fight the Enemy? Vengeance alone was never considered a good reason by any reasonable man, and if their desire is to cause you to get out of the security-zone you are now controlling, then their struggle against the Enemy doesn't seem too effective. Most of the politicians in your country are united in their opinion that it has to be kept as long as the tension goes on, and also most of the military people support this. For all that, it is possible, that if there will be peace in the south of my country for an extended time, the Enemy will agree to withdraw from it, out of knowing that it will not hurt the security of those living close to the border.</p>
 <p>Therefore, unless the Organisation had been motivated by the philosophy of the Supporter, he would have changed his manner of activity a long time ago. But since he is subjected to the Supporter, he continues with it without a change.</p>
-<p>Another issue that should be discussed is how much the members of the Organisation are willing to endanger themselves in their struggle against the Enemy. That same person, who is in my opinion one of the most influential men today, tends to say: 'A fearful and senseless person can take actions that only the bravest person will take, but he usually does not understand why he is taking them.' Imagine a group of members of the Organisation who infiltrate the Enemy's lines in the hope of killing soldiers out of its army. Such infiltration would be presented as fanatical by you and as full of courage by the Organisation itself. However, it should be remembered that behind every such "fanatical" action there is a hierarchy of commanders and sub-commanders, a line of comrades that support and encourage, a whole lot of national and "ideological" preachers who give flaming speeches against the Enemy (even though they, usually, are not involved in the physical activity against him), and a mass of citizens that support this activity and is content with it. All the weight of this pyramid is placed above the unit of the members of the Organisation that flies like a cork out of a bottle and walks towards its death. Taking all this scenario into consideration, the question being raised is how "fanatical" they really are.</p>
+<p>Another issue that should be discussed is how much the members of the Organisation are willing to endanger themselves in their struggle against the Enemy. That same person, who is in my opinion one of the most influential men today, tends to say: 'A fearful and senseless person can take actions that only the bravest person will take, but he usually does not understand why he is taking them.' Imagine a group of members of the Organisation who infiltrate the Enemy's lines in the hope of killing its soldiers. Such infiltration would be presented as fanatical by you and as full of courage by the Organisation itself. However, it should be remembered that behind every such "fanatical" action there is a hierarchy of commanders and sub-commanders, a line of comrades that support and encourage, a whole lot of national and "ideological" preachers who give flaming speeches against the Enemy (even though they, usually, are not involved in the physical activity against him), and a mass of citizens that support this activity and is content with it. All the weight of this pyramid is placed above the unit of the members of the Organisation that flies like a cork out of a bottle and walks towards its death. Taking all this scenario into consideration, the question being raised is how "fanatical" they really are.</p>
 <p>Naturally their decision did not involve much thought, at least not in the direction that they understand that they are walking towards their death. Or as the same great man once commented: 'If a terrorist stopped and took ten minutes to think about his actions, he would lose his sanity.'. I'm not saying the members of the Organisation are terrorists, but, in my opinion, this statement applies to them too.</p>
 <p>The question you are most concerned by is probably: what is going to happen in the northern border of your country. About that, allow me to quote that same influential person once more: 'I agree with the head mystics in our time. Despite the logical and practical difficulties, predicting an event, is apparently not so hard after the event had occurred.'</p>
 <p>The possibility exists that the Supporter will understand that the Organisation is useless (at least objectively), and a waste of resources that are anyhow missing to the Supporter's country. Moreover, it causes the spoiling of the relationship between it and the countries of the second part of the world, that detest "terrorists", not to mention the big banks who hold his debts. As of today, the only obstacle that stops the Supporter from reaching this realization is the fact that it rejects Aristotle's Organum.</p>
 <p>Does anybody have any questions?"</p>
 <p>I saw that some people from the audience raised their hands and I gave the permission to speak to a student that sat in front.</p>
 <p>"I just wanted to ask", she addressed me, "who said all the sentences you quoted?"</p>
-<p>"Why, I did!"</p>
+<p>"Why, I said them!"</p>
 <p>"Were you also the first who said 'Give me liberty or give me death'?"</p>
 <p>"Oh no! That was Patrick Henry, one of the leaders of the American Revolution."</p>
-<p>I saw there were no further questions and so I got off the speaker's stage to the sound of the hand-clapping of the audience. After I shook the hands of the professors who organised the study day and stayed to talk with them a little, I went on my way.</p>
+<p>I saw there were no further questions and so I got off the speaker's stage to the sound of the hand-clapping of the audience. After I shook the hands of the professors who organised the study day, and stayed to talk with them a little, I went on my way.</p>
 <p>The next day I saw a picture of me giving the speech in the university appear in the front page of the main newspapers, and from what I understood, a videotape of the lecture was distributed to the various broadcasting networks in the world. I thought about claiming percentage off the profit to myself, but eventually I reached the conclusion that the profits from the book, that will naturally include the speech, will compensate for the anguish.</p>
 <h2 id="the_return_home">9. The Return Home</h2>
-<p>Two days after the study day, I decided to return home, and therefore I traveled by buses until the northern border of the Enemy's country, in order to cross the border to my country. The last bus stopped right next to the border pass that allowed passage from the Enemy's country to the security zone in the south of my country, that as I mentioned before the Enemy had under its control. Actually, citizens of my country who inhabit the security zone make constant use of this border-pass, in order to work in the sovereign area of the Enemy's country.</p>
-<p>The border guards did not detained me for long after they understood I was the citizen of the country in the other side of the border, but they advised me to get out of the zone they possessed as soon as possible. I took one organised ride that took me outside the security zone, and then I found another car that was about to go in the direction of my village and took it. After I went off the car, I walked for a short while by foot until I reached the outskirts of my village at the late afternoon.</p>
+<p>Two days after the study day, I decided to return home, and therefore I travelled by buses until the northern border of the Enemy's country, in order to cross the border to my country. The last bus stopped right next to the border pass that allowed passage from the Enemy's country to the security zone in the south of my country, that as I mentioned before the Enemy had under its control. Actually, citizens of my country who inhabit the security zone make constant use of this border-pass, in order to work in the sovereign area of the Enemy's country.</p>
+<p>The border guards did not detain me for long after they understood I was the citizen of the country in the other side of the border, but they advised me to get out of the zone they possessed as soon as possible. I took one organised ride that took me outside the security zone, and then I found another car that was about to go in the direction of my village and took it. After I went off the car, I walked for a short while by foot until I reached the outskirts of my village at the late afternoon.</p>
 <p>The village seemed more deserted and the amount of people who hanged around its streets was smaller than usual to this hour. When I came near my house I understood why: half of my village gathered by my house in what looked like a party that was conducted for my return. After a few seconds, some people noticed me and their calls ("Look over there, here he comes!") spread the news among the entire crowd. Most of them turned their look toward the street in which I walked and some of them even advanced toward me.</p>
-<p>So I found myself surrounded by many blessings, questions and shoulder taps, but beside the basic reactions ("Thank you.", "Excellent." and many smiles) I focused on getting a way through the crowd to reach my family. After I got there at the end and stood in front of both my parents, I told them: "I'm back."</p>
+<p>So I found myself surrounded by many blessings, questions and shoulder taps, but aside from the basic reactions ("Thank you.", "Excellent." and many smiles) I focused on getting a way through the crowd to reach my family. After I got there at the end and stood in front of both my parents, I told them: "I'm back."</p>
 <p>After two minutes of blessings, hugs, calls and remarks like "How we missed you" coming from the parents and the more distant family, that stood by them, my father got to the point:</p>
-<p class="P1"/>
 <p>"So, tell us how it's been!"</p>
 <p>The crowd slowly silenced and waited in anticipation to my answer and the next answers that would come.</p>
 <p>"How what exactly has been?" I answered.</p>
 <p>I understood, after a moment, that they expect to say another thing.</p>
 <p>"That's it.", I said.</p>
 <p>"And isn't there something else you would like to tell about it?"</p>
-<p>"No, because I assume you have already seen the speech I gave that study day in the university."</p>
+<p>"No, because I assume you have already seen the speech I gave during that seminar in the university."</p>
 <p>And so the reception returned to its course, as I frequently answer people's questions regarding the trip I took abroad. "Why did you visit the Enemy's country at all?", I was asked after a short while and I answered:</p>
 <p>"Well, the main reason was that I wanted material for my book. However, I integrated into it the collection of valuable intelligence information about the Enemy, in a manner that is not considered as illegal by the authorities. Although I managed to get a lot of information without many disturbances, the results I came up with are not very satisfying.</p>
 <p>As I made clear to myself, most of what I know now, was already known to us, or we assumed it was like that in the first place. In fact, if I wrote a report on the information I know about the Enemy, then 48 out of 51 pages, were already known to us before I took the trip."</p>