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WicklowТs How to Spy, Set Up, Organize, Commit Acts of Derring-Do, and Live to Tell About It УNow that youТve decided to continue on with the Wicklow introductory programme, let me tell you this first point is the most important in the book (you donТt need to bother with the rest if you canТt get this one; youТre dead in the water, in other words). УRULE 1. Decoys work 100% of the time (if they donТt, it is some reason beyond manТs control); but they are only effective in terms of the habitat. УIТm not talking about plastic duck decoys exactly. Let me give you the best example I know; itТs from Biblical literature, which IТve discovered is full of some of the best spying material known to man. The case is too good not to give it whole: And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah [ the prophetТs disciple or prophet-trainee] went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Beth-el. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth-el. And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and said to him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away your master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, Iwill not leave thee. And the two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off; and they two [Elijah and Elisha] stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he [Elijah] said, Thou hast asked a hard thing; nevertheless, if thou if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more; and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where if the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither; and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. --II Kings 2: 1-15 УI always laugh myself sick reading this, but I neednТt tell you why. If you donТt get the joke, you were not meant to. ItТs extremely УamusingФ all through, but the clincher naturally comes where it should, where Elisha was being given the ultimate test of his prophetic training course: could he keep his eyes on the master, or would he allow something incredible to take his eyes off Elijah for a critical millisecond? УElisha had, you may notice, survived the warmup tests. We can call them УBeth-el,Ф УJericho,Ф and УJordan.Ф Despite all the pressure, he had not succumbed and had kept his place beside his master (seemingly against orders), determined not to let him slip from sight FOR A SINGLE MOMENT. Did Elisha get one wink of sleep the whole time from Gilgal to the other bank of the Jordan? I think not! Tired as he must have been, he could not let his chance slip, and so he had to keep awake, however long it took for the ordeal of testings to end. And why had he successfully met the challenge of these tests? Elisha refused to allow the Уhabitat,Ф the circumstances, lull him into complacency; he had maintained his alertness at every cost to his own comfort. УHaving survived the diversionary tactics of Beth-el, Jericho, and Jordan, having endured the stupidity of fellow Уsons of the prophetsФ who thought they knew more than Elisha, the trainee-prophet was primed for the ultimate test, which he knew would come when he least expected it. Successful spies know that tests are not tests if they do not come unexpectedly. --Which brings us to my second point. УRULE 2: LEARN TO EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. УElisha knew one thing by this time: that he was going to fail if he let Elijah slip from sight. After all, that was part of the deal. If he did that, he would never get the double portion of prophetic gifts that Elijah possessed. Elisha also knew that he had to be on guard, exercising the utmost vigilance. Elijah might not try to divert him again with the same tactics. But what would he do next, now that Beth-el, Jericho, and Jordan hadnТt worked to divide them? УThere was, of course, no way for Elisha to tell what might happen next in the examination. The only thing Elisha could keep in mind was that it would be nothing like what had already happened, and that it would not be anything he would expect to see. УWhat happened bears this out. It was no Уsweet chariot with angels bending lowФ to pick up some dear expiring saint. That is nice, but the reality for Elisha was something far different. What happened happened when, as Elisha expected, he LEAST expected it. Verse 11: У...And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked...Ф So the unexpected happened when they were walking and talking as usual, with nothing to warn them that something extraordinary was about to blow the whole scene apart into a million fragments that still havenТt settled down. УWhile the two walked and talked, all of a sudden, WHAMO, as the boys say over on the American side! Elisha, in his wildest dreams, couldnТt have imagined what he saw. Now we know you canТt make chariots and living horses out of fire. We arenТt asked to suspend rationality and believe in something so ludicrous. No, something that resembled a chariot made of fire, and flaming creatures that resembled horses made of fire, appeared out of the blue and flew right at them. УCould YOU have expected that? Consider, if you will, being charged by a solid rocket booster, only it is aflame from top to bottom! And the projectile is speeding toward you the apparent target at astronomical velocities. That can give you some idea of what Elisha faced. He faced instant annihilation, without any warning it was coming. УNow was the split second when all of ElishaТs dedication as a trainee-prophet was put on the line. He faced instant death by fire as the flaming chariot and flaming horses flew at him and Elijah, and his choice was to obey his natural instincts to flee and save his skin OR keep to his task and maintain eye contact with Elijah, whether he (Elisha) lived or died. УFortunately, the flaming chariot and flaming horses were only a decoy. Their sole purpose was ultimately not to incinerate Elisha but to capture his attention for a fraction of a second, which was all the time needed to whisk Elijah out of sight forever in a waiting whirlwind, which also materialized on the scene. УElisha stood his ground, however, keeping his eyes on Elijah while the terrifying decoy parted them physically, something Elisha could not prevent. Still with ElishaТs eyes on him, Elijah was immediately taken up into heaven by a whirlwind. We donТt know what happened to the chariot and horses at that point, but who cares? Once a decoy fails, it might as well be tossed in the trash. YouТll never want to use it again. Just because Elisha, in joy and relief, couldnТt help exclaiming, УMy father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof,Ф does not mean he attached a fig of importance to the spectacle. And what happened to the horses? Now he speaks of horsemen! Had the horses turned back into their original forms, that being angelic? WeТll never know. Elisha carried the knowledge to wherever he happened to end up. But it is quite possible Elisha could look now at the reality, now that the decoy had failed in its purpose, and see the horses werenТt real after all--they were actually angels. In other words, he was being shown that. It was heavenТs sign that he had passed the test with flying colors! УLook here!Ф the angels were saying to him. УYou werenТt fooled, and we are the proof!Ф УSo Elijah went up to Уheaven У, not in a fiery chariot with angels, but in a tremendous whirlwind. Elisha, utterly undeterred by the diversionary tactics and then the grand decoy, had won! УNow I know I said a decoyТs success rate is 100%, given the proper habitat. It should then have worked to divert Elijah for the critical part of a second that spelled the difference between his winning a double portion of ElijahТs prophetic gifts or failure. I can still say that without blushing because Elisha is no longer living, and I can prove that nobody ever learned anything from the incident, neither back then, nor now in our times. ThatТs precisely why it will work for you, if you grasp the principle and apply it. The reason is that mankind is even less inclined to learn than people were thousands of years ago when Elijah and Elisha were living. Since then, you only get an Elisha once or twice in a millenium, but that is probably putting it too high.* УWho is so committed to the success of his mission that he will deny his natural instincts of sleep, creature comforts, self-confidence, fear or respect of a superior, the instinct of self-preservation, mortal terror, etc.? Who will be an Elisha? Who? УYet the Elisha-standard is still the standard for a successful spy as opposed to a dead duck. Make your choice. ItТs either try to get by with sloppy, penny spy novel espionage Уuntil your number comes up,Ф or become first-rate and live out your life expectancy with a cosy annuity when you choose to retire. --Which brings me to the third rule...Ф _______________ *Ancient Peoples had the same faults as modern people, but they were much brighter (almost the difference of a quantum leap). AmericaТs P.T. Barnum had it exactly right. Human I.Q. has declined catastrophically from ancient times, increasing to about 2% to 3% per century in the Industrial-Modern Age and Post-Modern Eras . Consequently, modern man cogitates with 20% or 30% of the I.Q. ancient peoples possessed on average. The criteria of such groups as the AmericansТ Mensa Society is sheer twaddle. Modern Уgeniuses,Ф thus, would be considered average or even below average in ancient Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and other societies. Another thing: I.Q., unlike water but like taxes, trickles up, never down. That leaves the current governing elites quite out in the cold, what? 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