The air was tense amid the streets of Jerusalem. One could almost taste the gathering storm of war.Asher sat down at a small cafe. A man sat down beside him. Asher looked up, "So your the new Chief of Station." Lord Wilburford replied, "It was inevitable. No man knows the Levent as well as I"Asher replied, "I guess that means will be adversaries again."Lord Wilberford said," I have my duty to my King and you have your duty to your faction...Asher interupted, "Country..."Lord Wilberford replied, "Polidisstat". "WHAT?", asked Asher.Lord Wilburford replied, "Polidisstat-Political Organization of Disputed Status. As everything is in acronyms nowadays I thought this would fit. Anyway I hope the vageries of politics won't prevent our friendship."Asher said, "No man of good will would wish that...".
Then Asher said, " You people are betting on the wrong horse. The Arabs have all their wealth and population but the Yishuv has been preparing for this for years. The people here have no where to go. And the Arab's think war is camel rustling, but we have people who were at Stalingrad and Kursk."Lord Wilberford replied, "We have our reasons..."Asher said, "You mean oil..."Lord Wilberford said, "Don't say that so scornfully. Oil is the Royal Navy and without the Royal Navy you would not have survived."Asher replied angrily, "A lot of us didn't survive..."Lord Wilberford said, "Aye. And there's not much I can say about that. But that's not why were here."
Asher said,"Very well. I'll make the first 'bid'. Did you know that three of your top analysts have been taking money from the Russians?" Lord Wilberford asked, "You can corroberate this?"Asher handed him an envelope. He said, "We had agents tailing them because we thought they were taking pay from the Arab's. Instead it turned out to be the Russians. I'm not asking you to believe me because of my 'sweet little self' naturally. If you check it out you will find I am right" Lord Wilberford said, "And you will have proved that you have no love for the Russians?" Asher replied, "No less. What have you got?" Lord Wilberford said, "Alright, we found that the Grand Mufti's Lieutenant is stealing from his supply of arms. It is believed he wishes to set up on his own". Asher said, "You couldn't know that-unless you have a man inside the Mufti's organization."Lord Wilburford said, "The Mufti is not as smart as he thinks. We have several men insidehis organization. And so do you by the way."Asher replied, "Don't worry your secret's safe."Lord Wilberford said, "I'll be glad to retire. I've been at this business to long-even longer then you. You know I envy you. You came over here to fight for a cause which attracts imaginationand devotion. But I fight for a cause too. I have spent forty years keeping a lid on things-keeping people, people like you, from killing each other. Now many do not love what I do, and indeed thereare a lot of things about the Empire that are unlovable. But as long as it was here it did it's job and let quiet folk sleep in peace. I don't expect you to understand now but one day you might. I hope you folk win because I know what's going to happen if you lose-I've seen it in other places. However if you do win you will be in my place, doing what I used to do, and hopeing the results will round off to the good. Just remember, it isn't that easy.
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