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The Main Lesson From WikiLeaks

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  The recent Wikileaks episode reminded me of a   brilliant short story I once read in a   Russian magazzine. The story was called   "A look-alike'. There it told  how in 1942 the Germans captured a young Russian kid   Pavel and   decided   to use him as a source of information for the deep cover operation. They picked a Geerman kid   Paul   of the same age and of mixed   Slavic-   German origin and put them both into the Abvercommando- Intelligence   school. The idea was to   basically   transfer Pavel into Paul  who   was then supposed to become a deep cover operative on the Russian territory.   Paul   bore a remarkable resemblance to  Pavel, had a natural command in languages and was very   orderly. The people in the Abvercommando   were very thorough. They took their time to prepare the agent in   the most efficient way. Any uncertainty was considered, any     chance looked at.   They called the pair " Paul- Double- Paul' and for   two or more years those two people were   inseparable, As a result Paul became   Pavel literally, down to the little details. But it was   1944   by that   time and   on one day an English bomb   fell on the house they were in. Pavel was mortally wounded.   While dying he said   to Paul.

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-           Do not go to Russia. You will be discovered in   an instant.


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  Paul never went anywhere. He surrendered to the English in 1945. With time he stayed in   East Germany, became a scientist and   in about 20 years was invited to Russia for  a conference. This gave him an opportunity to   solve the mystery of the  Pavel's message; what was missed in the training?

He visited Pavel's home, the village of his childhood where Pavel was still considered an   MIA. Turned out   Pavel's elderly father   was still alive as well as Pavel's former fiancee. They   helped Paul to resolve the mystery: Pavel was a prodigy, a famous   Russian accordion- player, well known   among people   since childhood. And then Paul remembered that the people in Abvercommando never   considered   issues of arts; they were sure that a Russian peasant had nothing to do with that.   They were wrong. Arrogance rendered their efforts useless.


There seem to be a law of sorts in the human relationship: whenever you   want to make harm to other people your own vices stay in the way.   The problem was not with   the Russians: it was with the Germans.   Maybe this law is the one which helps the Humankind to survive   against all odds. The Wikileaks episode   is clearly another   manifestation of that law.


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WikiiLeaks episode is nothing new. It tells us   that arrogance, stupidity,   malice and ignorance of our so-called diplomats lead to the disaster. It tells that    if the goal of our   foreign policy is   the global domination we end being manipulated and dominated by whoever   wants. It tells   us what kind of horrible monsters   we have on our retainer. It tells us about us.   We are much worse than those Abvercommando   people;   we never learned any lessons.


If I was a President of this country I would request that   look-alike story to be a part of the Foreign Service Exam.    But I am not a President. And now we have   what   we have. Don't go to Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan or wherever, people. You will be discovered in an instant. You are already discovered. People know what   we   are.


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