"Nuh-Pah Tuh-Pah Attah-Mattah" by Zayan Sechel, January 2012

Disclaimer: All the characters are the product of fiction. Any resemblance to the real characters are of a pure coincidence. No intention was made to insult anyone for any reason.

AN: This story is an act of fiction. No one is should attempt to act in the same manner as described.

AN2: None.

Summary: One of the warriors of old made this statement: "The purpose of war is victory, and the purpose of victory is occupation."

Nuh-Pah Tuh-Pah Attah-Mattah

After leaving the store called "Geaks, Freaks and Shrieks", Alison Weir felt weird for enjoying the "Haloween Night" preparation. She even giggled out loud as she unlocked the door at the parking lot, throwing stuff onto the back seat. She looked around and, after entering the car, laughed her heart out, feeling much better later.

Being a widow, she had more time than usual. That night, the night before the Haloween, she went to the Chinese restaurant with her friend, Paul Findley.

- Well ..., Paul smiled, watching the lantern sway slowly on some hidden draft, ... the importance of borders was not fully realized until the advent of the Age of Exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. Alison chewed on, munching slowly. She liked some food and disliked the other. Paul smirked and then continued. As European powers claimed new lands in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, ..., he sipped some water as if giving a speech, ... they had to make a clear record of their territory and its resources. The record often took the form of maps created by skilled surveyors and cartographers who were part of the original expedition or who were later sent to the newly explored lands.

- Hmmm ..., Alison swallowed. So ... I mean ..., she noticed a younger man in his late twenties and then ate some more of the food, ... whose responsibility is to take care of the international borders?

- Ha ... now that's a good question ..., Paul took a small bite into his mouth, ... I believe it used to be the Permanent Court of International Justice ..., the predecessor of the International Court of Justice ...

- Oh ... the one provided for in the Covenant of the League of Nations? Alison watched muscle contours of the young man in secret.

- Yes. It held its inaugural sitting in 1922 and was dissolved in 1946. Paul turned around slightly, peeking out what was the center of Alison's attention. He grinned in secret, and then continued. The first permanent international tribunal with general jurisdiction, ..., he swallowed, ... made possible the clarification of a number of aspects of international law, and contributed to its development.

- So ... it's them then?

- Who? Paul watched fat Chinese woman serve dishes close to the kitchen.

- The International Court of Justice?

- Oh, yes. I apologize. Alison threw one casual glance at Paul, then at a young couple that was enjoying food. They looked Japanese. The Court has had its seat in the Peace Palace in The Hague ...

- The Netherlands? Alison tried to hide her boredom of the expanded topic.

- Yes. Since 1946, in fact. Its predecessor, ..., Paul lciked his lips, ... the Permanent Court of International Justice, occupied ... I think from 1922 the same premises, made available to it by the Carnegie Foundation, ..., they watched an elederly couple, ellegantly dressed occupy a secluded area that was previously reserved for them. I believe that Carnegie Foundation owns and administers the Peace Palace as well.

- When was it built? Alison opened her mouth as if trying to get some air in it and Paul froze, almost snigging loud at the funny scene, but continued instead. Alison closed her mouth soon after realizing.

- It was built between 1907 and 1913 for the Permanent Court of Arbitration, again, thanks to a donation from Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-born industrialist who made his fortune in the United States, the Peace Palace is situated in seven hectares of parkland in the heart of the city.

- Yes. I read bout him.

They continued to enoy the food and soft music that was playing in the background.

- Next time we must go to some Indian restaurant. Alison winked at Paul.

- Oh ... I didn't know you like spicy food.

- Sometimes ..., she looked toward the gaunt young men, imagining how he looks like in just his underwear. Alison realized she needed some change in her life.

During the Halloween Night, while being a guest at her sister, she noticed the lyrics on her niece's computer monitor:

The Ancient Queen.
Deadly hate, deadly love.
Dark under the shadow.
Death has been resisted.
The Ancient Queen,
ruler of the domain.
Keeper of the fury,
the Queen dwells in shadow.

Dark rivers run though me.
Darkness follows everwhere.
Kingdoms falling again and again.

Crawl to thee over again.
The Ancient Queen, the darkest woman.
Stepping through her shadow.
She who sees the soul.
Black is her blood.
Keeper of the fury.

Stepping through her shadow.
Do you see her soul?
Black is her blood.
Keeper of the fury.

Dark under the shadow.
Thy destiny lies with her.
The Ancient Queen,
ruler of the domain.
Keeper of the fury.
In shadow... shadow.

The Ancient Queen.
Deadly hate, deadly love.
Dark under the shadow.
Death has been resisted.
The Ancient Queen,
ruler of the domain.
Keeper of the fury,
the Queen dwells in shadow.

Dark rivers run though me.
Darkness follows everwhere.
Kingdoms falling again and again.

Crawl to thee over again.
The Ancient Queen, the darkest woman.
Stepping through her shadow.
She who sees the soul.
Black is her blood.
Keeper of the fury.

There was a thunder growling in the distance. Children, dancing on the streets in various costumes were oblivious of her presence. She aproached the window slowly and a fresh sea air got into her hair. She sensed some ominous prelude into what was about to happen in her otherwise monotonous life ...

After Tom Campbell, her old colleague asked her for a stroll in the park, she was not ready for what was he about to propose to her.

- Look ... Alison ..., he smiled at her, sunshine penetrating green leaves above them, ... borders are changing every day ... Look at India for example ..., girl ran with her dog sideways, ... India has had ongoing border disputes with both China ..., some Asian girls were jogging and Tom grinned widely, continuing, ... and Pakistan, ... and ..., grandmother was patting her grandson on hand, ... India has frequently invaded portions of the independent state of Kashmir ...

- Oh ... I read about that too ... India tried to rename it to "Jammu", right?

- Yes! Tom's eyes flashed and he withdrew his hands from pockets, feeling more formal suddenly. And all that despite the fact that residents of Kashmir voted NOT to join either India or Pakistan. They sat on the bench. Three gang-like guys passed them by, Tom stirring in his seat uncomfortbaly. One of them looked as if he was from Pakistan.

- I read that India has also gobbled up smaller neighbors like Sikkhim and Goa, ... Tom was amazed at Alison and she gleamed, continuing, ... not to mention West Pakistan ..., she felt proud and important all of a sudden, ... which India forced to be converted into a puppet state renamed "Bangla Desh" ...

- More recently though ..., Tom supported her lines, ... assassinations of royalty in Nepal have introduced instability there as well, and ..., two birds landed on a tree branch above them, singing, "kissing" each other in beaks. I would not be surprised if India soon invades and colonizes that independent nation, too!

Street vendor selling the ice-cream passed them by. His shubby hair and swarthy appearance was a bit of contrast to his clown-like make-up.

- It would not surprise me to learn that India had a hand in those assasinations ... Alison whispered as if they were being monitored by some Secret Service ...
- I'd add that India supports terrorists trying to take over some or all of Ceylon, and the "line of control" ...

- You mean the official border?

- Yes. Tom squinted with his eyes as the sun moved, piercing its light through the leaves above them. The nearby island nation also "changes" frequently.

- I like the black tea.

- Excuse me? Tom smiled at her unsure what she meant.

- I said ..., Alison's lip curled into a smile, ... I like ... black, "dark" tea?

- Oh ... Alison could see that Tom was nervous about something. Only she could not tell what exactly was the core of his "problem" ...

They watched some children play on the green grass, dogs running around them.

- India is not the only country where borders are not "aligned" ... Tom snaked his eyes, staring at Alison. She knew the "core" was about to bubble up on the surface , ..., Tom cleared his throat like a teenage boy on his first date, ... the border between Israel and Gaza ...

- Oh ..., she placed hand on Tom's arm and he looked at her hand, then at her, slightly confused, ... with the former UN Mandate, abandoned by Egypt after the "six-day war"?

- Yes. Tom smiled, showing the set of white teeth. She removed her hand. My God ... you're really still "up-to-date" in this? They listened to some hippie-ike couple argue in the vicinity. Well ... it has changed fairly recently, but I think the prize for "most-recent" border change must definitely go to India ...

- Yes. Alison realized the "Gaza border" had a different reaction in Tom's eyes. It is is constantly trying to change its borders with neighboring states ...

- And sometimes succeeds ... Alison sensed some faint tremor in Tom's posture and pressed on, trying to digg out some more.

- Not all countires are successful? She offered and then felt that her argument was weak. Tom ignored her comment.

- By contrast, ..., he exhaled, watching the clear, pale blue sky above, ... the border between Ireland and the six provinces that chose not to join that republic, once in a state of flux, is now stable and even peaceful. He puffed a small feather from a pigeon that was falling down from above. Likewise ... most of the borders within the former republic of Yugoslavia. There was a sound as of a large metal block falling onto the street from some height in the distance.

- I think that Russia still faces strong separatist sentiment ...

- ... and rebellion ..., Tom already guessed her new geographical area of focus.

- ... AND rebellion in Chechnya, ..., two Muslim-like students passed them by, chatting something on some foreign language, ... but I don't think there has been anything yet that constitutes "border change".

They kept quiet for a while, Alison feeling grumpy in her stomach. Day was closing towards the noon.

- So, ..., Tom stood up, ... nowadays, it is probably India that has the most-changing ... and aggressive ... border. Alison adjusted her purse on the shoulder. Some young guys turned around to watch her back sway and she felt ten years younger immediately.

- Those are arguably the most-recent border changes, depending upon how you define "borders" of course ..., Tom's voice was suddenly "distant" ...

After they sat at the local restaurant, Tom offering to pay the bill, Alison noticed that Tom was more "sure" into what he was planning to eventually tell her. She was eager to hear every word he would pronounce.

- An international boundary is a line that divides one country from another country by a mutual, peaceful agreement. She nodded slowly, dissappointed. A disputed boundary is an international or internal border openly contested by two or more countries or subdivisions within a country. A ceasefire line is established by an official ceasefire agreement between two or more countries ... Some Middle Eastern looking men sat in the close proximity of their table. It represents a temporary international border created in response to a resolution of armed conflict. Tom's voice quivered at his last words.

- Funny ..., Alison sneered, looking down at her meal.

- What? Tom forked a bite into his mouth.

- The other day ..., she glanced outside at the shimmering heat coming from the street, cars passing by in congested line, ... I was discussing simialr topic with Paul. Tom nodded and did not comment. She chuckled slightly and then asked Tom. How about ... the "treaty line" though? Tom tried to cool the hot bite in his mouth, apologizing to Alison with some facial gimmicks.

- Hmmm ..., Tom sipped some juice, ... let's see now. He swallowed, making sure all the food was out of his mouth. Middle Eastern men looked at them. A treaty line is basically a boundary established by an official treaty between two or more countries, but not yet agreed upon by all countries involved. Alison could sense some change in his tone of the voice. In "Entarta World Atlas" for example, this is represented in the same style as a ceasefire line. Some girls giggled, passing behind them. Finally, ..., Tom exhaled, feeling slight pressure, ... an indefinite boundary is an approximate boundary that has not yet been officially surveyed, or is based on outdated historical surveys. He narrowed his eyes, staring at Alison. It may also be a boundary that is known to exist but for which accurate verification is lacking. Middle Eastern men left, throwing one last stare in their direction. Tom, by some inborn instinct, checked to see whether there was something left behind them. Seats looked empty and he exhaled, feeling relieved. Waitress smiled at them, wiping tables.

Alison sensed some change in Tom's mood. He looked slightly sick and she wondered if it was from food perhaps.

- The process of locating and marking a boundary between two or more nations can be technically complex and legally contentious. Alison noticed three Jews wearing "kippah" passing by outside. They were smiling, grinning broadly. The earliest boundaries were often physiographic features of the landscape, such as rivers, hills, mountain crests, or edges of forests—features that were easy to identify by parties on both sides of the boundary. Sunshine made everything look as if it was a dream. Alison could feel slipping into an involuntary daydream.

- What about Israel? She could hear her pronounce the question without even knowing what made her do that.

- The Israel Defense Forces, or "Tzva Hahagana LeYisra'el" ... There was some noise in the background and Tom stopped. Alison abused the intermezzo and gulped on her food.

- What about it? Alison ignored the shuffle and called Tom back to her presence.

- All branches of the IDF answer to a single General Staff. The Chief of the General Staff is the only serving officer having the rank of Lieutenant General, or "Rav Aluf" on Hebrew ...

- I didn't know you speak Hebrew language ... Tom? Tom looked at her with some different eyes, a shade of fear passing over his face. All right ... what about him? Tom stopped chewing, feeling frozen in time for a moment. There were police sirens echoing outside.

- He reports directly to the Defense minister and indirectly to the Prime Minister of Israel and the cabinet.

An airplane flew low above them and they stopped for a moment, feeling slight tremor. After the airplane was gone, Alison continued to eat.

- What are the major political parties in Israel?

- You mean ... today? Alison watched Tom staring at a white van with no marks waiting outside. It looked as if it was parked accross the street.

- Yes, Tom ..., she giggled, ... TODAY?

- Ah ..., Tom returned attention to his meal and continued to eat, ... let' see now ... He lifted his head up a bit as if reading from the ceiling. There is Kadima, ... Likud, ...

- Ah! Alison gasped triumphantly. I KNOW that one!

- Then there is ... the Labor Party, ... Shas, National Union and ..., Tom smiled. Anyway ... I wouldn't like to bother you about them much.

- Why not? Alison noticed tall man with black hair standing in the line to pick up some fast food. He had patches on elbows.

- Have you heard of Queen Shanakdakhete perhaps?

- No ..., Alison was taken suddenly, not expecting this "off topic" path.

- Perhaps you should read it about her ... Alison nodded affirmatively, wondering what Tom missed in his "fraternal speech".

Congestion ceased outside and the white van was soon gone. Alison could sense that Tom was instantly "relieved" ...

That night, Alison read about the ancient queen from the Internet:

"Queen Shanakdakhete was the Ethiopian queen in 332 BC, and as best known for her infamous stand against Alexander the Great during her reign. As he marched from rather easily conquering Egypt, he came to the border of Ethiopia only to meet Queen Shanakdakhete in personal command of her armies sitting in between two huge elephants. Not wanting to risk having his record marred by a woman, at that, Alexander the Great turned around and ended his legendary conquest."

She leaned back in her business chair, swaying and tilting slightly, noticing that she left the window slightly open, some fresh wind bringing the ozone into the room after the rain was gone ...

Five months later she formed new political party in Israel called "The Final Solution". Orthodox Jews protested, while the others objected openly, but ... since she was backed by powerful industrialists, their protests wained off eventually.

As she grew in popularity, being a rare specimen of foreign presence in Israel, her party started to sponsor many privately owned businesses in Israel and, little by little, despite the fact the European Union was getting stronger each new day, Israel broke free from the traditional economic reigns and entered the world markets with some new vigor.

Unfortunately, the enemies of Israel did not sleep ...

One day, a knock on her door made her more vigilant and apprehensive. Her assistant oppened it and, after some silent exhange of words, her presence was summoned directly to Operations Directorate of Israel.

After she changed into some uniform at the secret underground facility, she was presented to a general that politely smiled at her, showing one large panel with operations.

- I am afraid Israel is under attack ... She watched in silence as some red dots blinked on large panel, crew, with their headphones and microphones on heads controlling and directing the operations. They paced along, two guards constantly following them. General exhaled slowly. Operations Directorate ..., he swinged a bit on his heels and Alison almost giggled loudly, ... is a branch in the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, established in 1999, and alongside the regional commands, the Air Force and Sea Corps and, of course, ..., he glanced at Alison, ... General Staff directorates, ... responsible in planning for the exercising of military force. They watched in silence airplanes and tanks move slowly on the panel. As of October 2010, it is headed by ... me. He lifted his head up slightly, feeling proud. Alison could feel that it was an act of will power and self-sacrifice.

There was a stance and Alison felt more eyes on her, being the only woman present in the secret room.

- How about its tasks?

- Tasks? General looked as if she just woke him up. Oh ..., he smiled at the guards, not wishing to look too scared. Alison noticed that there were more enemy tanks and airplanes that those of Israel. The "tasks" ... He exhaled and then began slowly as if offering a free lecture. The responsibility for preparing the IDF for war, emergencies, ..., he nodded at the panel, ... and fluid security. Alison nodded like a child, feeling her throat tighten. The assembly and coordination for operative planning. He gave some commands and answered couple of calls. Alison was mazed at his agility. He continued, noticing she admired him in secret. The responsibility for integrating the operative approach as followed from the national security one according to military doctrine. He winked at Alison and she lowered her head, feeling embarassed slightly, coming from North America. Also, coordinating the General Staff's work in terms of exercising force with the other security arms, and forging IDF recommendations for the approval of the political branch.

- Ha! Alison sensed there was some connection with her party.

- It also instructs the regional command, the Air Force, ..., he showed with his hand at one area of the large room, ... Sea Corps, ... GOC Army Headquarters, ..., the Technological and Logistics, ..., an Officer passed them by, grinning favorably, ... Human Resources, ... bald man on the phone turned around, examining Alison while issuing orders at the same time, ... Military Intelligence ..., Alison blimped remembering her father, ... with respect to the exercising of force and ..., he exhaled, staring sternly at younger Alison, ... its coordination.

- So ..., Alison was still a bit confused as to why she was needed here.

- Alison ..., general suddenly took her by the arms, guards ready. You are a clever girl. She blushed, remembering her twenties. In fact ... with your abilities ... I'd like to appoint you as the "Manager" of the Operations.

- Are you ...? She started, confused, then realized it was NOT a dream or some scam. She was IN it, whatever "it" was.

- Israel needs you. WE ..., he looked around, ... need you. What do you say, ha? He looked her directly into her eyes. She gasped, trying to wriggle out of that "privacy invasion" clench.

- I ..., general let her go and she swung around, head spinning, ... I am not sure ...

- Please ...? She was suddenly perplexed noticing such a prominent figure pleading to her some vows that she was not sure she could comform to. Then, like a lightining from the clear sky, she remembered her father, took a deep breath and, after taking a stiff posture, looked general directly into the eyes.

- Israel can count on me!

Others turned around for a moment and there was some open cheering and clapping of hands despite the seriousness of the situation, Alison feeling proud and surprised at the same time.

Ten years later, she was looking at the photographs, strolling along the long corridor of the "National Museum of Great Israel", her personal body guards following her.

- Ah ... she looked at her assistant, Major Owlitz, ... one of my first battles ... Nubian desert, 27th of April, 2020. ... They continued to pace, some soft music adding to the comfort, ... Qa'al Jafr lake, was it May the 4th, 2020? Major nodded affirmatively. She rasped, scratching her black patch over the left eye. Here in ex-Jordan I felt the sting of the poison gas for the first time in my life ...

Someone saluted and then offered her a note. She read slowly and then waved leisurely to the Officer to leave. He saluted promptly and then left.

- Ha ..., her voice was still harsh for a woman in her forties, ... I am to present new boundaries in Hague! She continued to pace, her left leg producing some artificial sound. Nagaa El-Shaikh ... January of 2021. ... I remember those days ... Cleaning lady stood still as they passed by. Ha! Rasht in ex-Iran ... April 2021. ... this is where I got part of my brain out! She tapped on the artificial part of her skull. Yanbu ... she stared at her smiling face, surrounded by the African volunteers, ... August 2023. That was a tough battle! Qom ... ex-Iran ..., she tapped her leg ... bastards, tears rolled down her cheek, ... December 2023. They were ruthless there ...

There was a cell phone ringing and Major excused himself. Then he closed the line and whispered something to her ear.

- But of course we will win the war! She snorted, staring at the apprehensive guards. Don't you worry about THAT!

- Ah! There was a picture of her smiling while seated on the tank. As Samawah in ex-Iraq! Was it ...

- June the 3rd, 2024, Major promptly answered. She closed to the picture and then realized there was a printed date underneath it as well.

- Ah ... silly me ... there are dates under each of these gold-framed photographs. Each photograph was a video as well, by pushing the button. She preffered the stillness of the moment though.

Some Security Guards passed them by, saluting for a moment. Major interchanged some communication and then nodded it was all right to proceed.

- Yes ..., she noticed sardonically ..., who else makes the National Museum prior to winning the war? She looked at Major, then at the photograph in front of her. Ah ... Bahir Dar and then Hawassa ... Africa ... whole year of 2025. A tear rolled down her cheek. This is where I lost my eye ...

They continued to stroll along, footsteps echoing in the underground facility.

- Raqqa in ex-Syria ..., February of 2026. Here the whole war almost halted. Our troops were exhausted ... tired of the war they were not sure if they could win ... Tell me major ..., she looked at her assistant. He stood still, waiting patiently. If we win our battle at Zygi on Cyprus ..., guards watched her with the mixture of doubt and respect, ... how much larger would our new country of Great Israel be?

- One hundred and sixteen times greater that the original Israel, back in 2012.

- 116 times greater area ..., she rasped, ... my G'd ..., one of the guards chuckled since she adopted some of the local customs of not mentioning the word "God".

They continued towards the end of the hallway. She stopped at one photograph again.

- Ah ... Hargeisa in Africa ... July of 2026. This is where I lost my left hand. She tapped it with her right. Outside one could barely tell if she was an invalid. Israeli surgeons did their BEST. She walked some more, glancing at yet another photograph. Homs ... ex-Syria ... three years of trench warfare ... she looked at Major ... it cost us a lot of lives ... a lot ... I am still not one hundred percent sure if we exterminated all undergound guerilla forces from there ...

She stopped at the last one, tears rolling down her cheek again.

- Mosul ... our final great battle for the liberation of the Jewish tribes in Africa ... Perhaps it was our "unification" battle as well? She glanced at the guards whose eyes were flashing with pride, their heads tilted up slightly. Yes. April the 17th ... 2029. Just a year ago ... So ..., she tried to stretch, feeling pain down her spine ... looks like we are finished with this brief history of the "Great Israel"?

- Nuh Pah Tuh Pah! The guards saluted promptly, raising their hands into the air.

- Attah Mattah ... she saluted back, her military decorations clanking on the diffuse light. They helped her take a seat into the ultra-modern chair for invalids that was hovering above the ground, producing a slight hum. She felt instantly better, waving her hand to move like Napoleon.

In the U.S.A., Tom Campbell read the widely spread newspapers, admiring that proud and upright posture of Alison. He let the newspapers down, eyes gleaming from hapiness.

- Play that video again, will you John? John grinned and pressed the button. All five of them watched Alison, dressed in the uniform, addressing the crowd in Israel, June, 2019.

- It's important that we view life with the perspective of expansion and forward motion. She stopped, listening to the gathered civilians. When we think this way, ... we are positioning ourselves for increase ... and promotion. An airplane flew in the background, making her pause for a moment. It's not healthy to simply find a place you want to stay in and then occupy it. Sunshine flashed as the camera took a wide view of the gathered supporters. Crowd applauded, some cheers followed. The moment you have found a leveling-off place ... is the moment you begin backsliding! The crowd grew wild, shouting slogans of her party, grinning and nodding at her vividly.

- That was after her fourth year of being politically active ..., Tom looked sideways at the others.

- Why did it take so long though? Logan uttered, almost unsure whether to say anything at such a brilliant success of their campaign.

- Remember it was "old Israel" then ... full of dogma and the "traditionalists" ... It's not like here where you can feed the stock and then heave the mud with a blade ... Tom nodded and John pressed again. Ah ... Africa Corps ... September 2026. Almost whole of the north-eastern Africa was under the control of the "Invincible Army" ... They all resumed their positions, listening to Alison address rows upon rows of soldiers, all ignoring the heat, listening to their military Marshall, their true and only war hero.

- When your passion begins to decline, ..., her voice echoed all over, ... you already start to die! Wind was playing some tune of its own on the microphone. You were born to burn! Soldiers saluted her in the already used fashion, the morale increasing with every new minute. Elisha came to the king and said, ...,she paused, blinking on the only good eye, ... "Please strike the ground with these arrows." And he struck the ground three times! Soldiers saluted again with a slogan. She waited, smiling victoriously. The prophet became furious at the king and said, ..., there was an obvious pain somewhere on her body as the tears started to roll down her cheek. Tom glanced and winked at the others. Logan grinned widely. Neverthelless, she continued. "If only you had struck the ground five or six times you would have annihilated the enemy, but now ...", ... soldiers were now wild, Officers trying to keep them disciplined, ... " ... now you're only going to have three temporary victories." The gathered crowd of the civilians outside of the designated area started to sing the new national anthem of the Great Israel. Their solemn, pious and humble posture would embarace even the "Vienna Choir"! Alison continued after sipping some water, listening to the already known tune. Because the king did not live out of passion ..., she paused looking towards the horizon where helicopters and airplanes patrolled constantly, ... he couldn't carry the anointing that G'd wanted to give him! ..., she paused a bit longer, tears rolling down her cheek again. Only this time it looked as if it was out of happiness. ... and it cost the nation! Some wounded soldiers moved slightly, feeling proud. When leaders don't have passion ..., it costs EVERYONE who follows! Soldiers grew wild, singing from the top of their lungs, the civilians wanting to join them physically despite the barbed wire and the guards that were protecting the military compund. John switched it off. Tom wiped tears from his eyes. Sayun, his colleague, patted him on the back.

- Tom ... your investment was a hundred percent hit!

- Hundred and one if that port on Cyprus is won ..., peevish tone of their colleague McDindle added.

- Just a matter of days ..., Paul rasped back reassuringly.

They sipped some water, feeling hot. Tom apologized for expressing his emotions so openly. He waved to John and he pressed the button again.

- 2020. Syria. Tom continued to explain. The final reunion of the South and the North Armies of the Great Israel. The elite forces of the "Invincible Army". There was suddenly a vast field that could fathom at least some twenty football fields, filled with packed soldiers, all standing firm, looking like war veterans.

- Vets? Logan offered.

- Remember ..., McDindle waited as Alison tested the microphone, excited at seeing more than two million soldiers standing in front of her, waiting for every word she would utter. The war is STILL going on ... Paul looked sternly at him and Sayun smiled back.

- Remember what I told you about the "passion"? Her black patch over the lost eye was now a symbol of the new country. She paused, waiting.

- Why didn't they gave her some artificial eye though?, Logan whispered in "between" Alison's speech.

- Shhhh! John shushed Logan. He gave him a quick stare, almost rolling his tongue out like some kid.

- Passion and the anointing run in parallel courses. She paused. Again, some soft wind was adding a noise into the microphone. A person with passion will take risks. Another pause. A tear rolled down her cheek. Tom got excited again and Paul grinned, seeing him stare at the "history in progress". Alison continued. Everything you want in the realm of the Kingdom ..., she looked around, feeling the synergy of the present "Grenadiers", ... is found through this veil of difficulty by stepping into the realm of ... inconvenience. There was some coughing and it almost echoed around as to how silent the two million soldiers were. You don't get it by coasting on yesterday's breakthrough. No! She lifted her hand up. You were BORN for expansion. She paused, noticing the soldiers were tense, waiting for the signal. Long live Great Israel!

After two million of veteran soldiers greeted in the usual way, TV stations bringing live coverage to the other forty four million soldiers still scattered on either Africa or Middle East fronts, fireworks started in the air, and the soldiers threw their helmets in the air, singing, cheering and, all in all, feeling completley in a transcedent trance. Picture froze on Alison's face staring at the camera. Her sardonic smile was a mixture of strain, happiness and deep devotion into what she accomplished so far.

- Well ..., Tom waived and John switched the presentaion off, ... next week she will be addressing the International Court of Justice ...

- Herself?, Sayn interposed, lifting his eyebrow.

- Yes. Tom exhaled, shaking his head. After she addressed the United Nations, the "wigs" wanted to hear her talk the same way in THEIR building.

- Isn't it rather odd ..., Logan placed a finger on his chin, ... I mean ... she is a national hero there ... a living legend ... and to make her travel all the way from ...

Suddenly young man named Alois burst into the room, his eyes glistening from happiness.

- It's all over! It's all over! Cyprus surrendered it's port! The country of Great Israel is now ... COMPLETE!

They all rose immediately, dancing, singing, monkeying around, Paul greeting Tom, shaking his hand, tears rolling down his cheeks as well. Tom's cheeks were filled with tears of true, undivided happiness, for he knew that there were no more battles to be won. The only one remaing was in Hague. With the official papers ...

As Alison climbed the steps, admiring the granite, sandstone and red brick building designed by the French architect Louis Cordonnier, topped by an imposing roof of greyish slate is in a predominantly neo-renaissance style, she suddenly remembered something and grinned.

- What? Her ambassador to the European Union smiled politely back.

- Nothing ..., she groped, laughing at the sound of her voice, ... I just remembered eating my last Chinese "fortune cookie" ...

She continued to stare at the facade, overlooking the lawns, features a series of figures that evoked justice and peace. There was some solemnity in the air, sunshine scarcely gliding over the architectural lines almost as if shy to distrub its ellegant curvatures. On the left ..., the clock tower with its chimes was rising to a height of some 80 metres. She exhaled, then, ... after winking with her good eye to her emissair, entered the building.

Despite the fact that the overall security was high, the journalists and the photographers started to take pictures and "roll" their TV cameras, millions upon millions of eager denizens on the planet waiting for her, for the Jewish "Iron Fist" lady to take the stand.

Inside of the building ..., woodwork ..., stained-glass windows, mosaics, ... tapestries and art objects presented by the States which participated in the Hague Peace Conferences reflected upon the diversity of the world's cultures.

- Now THIS is a culture! She waived with her hand, rasping into a timid laughter, her patronage following her behind.

After they were all seated, the Honorable Judges came in and they all rose up again. Someone helped Alison to do the same.

As the reading went on and on, the last sentence was a bit accusing.

- Who will enable provisions to the dislodged armies in Africa?

Alison chuckled, sensing that judges were tense as well. Then, after she glanced at the "wigs", she took a deep breath and started with her speech which translators immdiately translated to more than hundred and thirty languages around the globe.

- What exactly does it mean when experts use the word "disputed" in describing a boundary or area? She paused. Someone whispered to her that all the enemy in Africa surrendered, including the bordering countires. The International Court of Justice acts as the judicial arm of the UN ..., she paused, adding the meaning to this abbreviation, ... to the UNITED Nations dear gentlemen ..., judges whispered something to themselves, ... and provides advisory opinions to countries involved in an "official dispute".

- Miss Alison Weir ..., one of the judges interrupted her politely. Let me remind you that the ICJ recognizes a dispute as a disagreement on FACT, or a conflict of legal claims or interests between two parties. Alison kept quiet and the speaker suddenly flushed in her face, sensing the iron charisma that irradiated from the woman warrior that fought so bravely on two fronts for the benefit of Israel. Simply stated ..., she continued, her voice thinning, ... a dispute exists when two countries hold clearly opposite opinions concerning the status of a boundary or ownership of an area. She ended as if scared by something, withdrawing from the microphone.

Someone whispered to Alison that the Middle Eastern countries signed a fifty year unconditional surrender for the territories that the "Invincible Army" of Great Israel gained in the past ten years. Alison was emanating rays of joy and happiness, continuing slowly. She noticed that someone informed the ICJ Judges of the same. They made same sad faces, frowning a bit.

- Countries ..., she intoned. Countries can make any claims concerning the ownership of territories outside their boundary ..., but ... such claims need to be proven before you, ... correct? Judges were frozen in time, staring at her. Their expresionless faces were waiting patiently. The I C J ..., some giggled and soon everyone could feel that the current world map was about to be changed for good. A silent euphoria was building itself up, despite the strenous efforts of the "periwigs" to reassure their status of the present world power. Alison sneered silently, continuing. This is often a difficult task ..., someone started to sing and dance outside, Security Officers trying to calm them down. Even some journalists were already applauding and smiling, sensing the power "leave" the Internatinal Court of "Justice" like the early morning fog. Why is it difficult? She rose up slowly. There was a note of some solemnity. Some hidden awe was radiating from the still newspapermen and even from some clerical staff present. She continued. Because such proof requires detailed historical research, ... gentlemen ... Judges looked at each other, feeling overpowered, realizing that the masses were supporting her. And ... access to maps and documents that may be rare or ..., sunshine reflected from the gold medallion on her chest, she glanced around, pursing her lips in one proud self-assured posture, perhaps ... non-existent?

Judges frowned, trying to calm the gathered spectators down. But it was now obvious that that the "true" justice, the justice that the ancient nation was waiting for more than 6 000 years, patiently praying ... was finally reached. Alison was exiting the courtroom like some goddess or a queen, judges left behind speechless, flushing red in their faces, feeling suddenly like some children that were playing false gods before the eyes of the millions that watched the whole ordeal.

After the "Iron Fist" lady of Israel won perhaps the most important of all her victories in life, the country of Great Israel was finally accepted with its new "national" boundaries that spread from the shores of the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf on the East, through the narrrow gap of the Red Sea, down to lake Victoria and the shores of the Indian Ocean on the South. Countries around the world started to search for their own way towards some better life, some better future, feeling guilty for not helping the nation of Israel in their historical struggle against injustice during those harsh years of breathing sand dust and eating dirt. Ashamed, one nation after the other started to worship their new deity called "Great Israel". Embassies started to pop up, asking desperately for help in their own small wars of winning the "true freedom".

Somewhere, a choir, composed of children from around the world, dedicated to sing at the annual celebration of the Great Israel's National Day, started to chime in unison:

The Ancient Queen.
Deadly hate, deadly love.
Dark under the shadow.
Death has been resisted.
The Ancient Queen,
ruler of the domain.
Keeper of the fury,
the Queen dwells in shadow.

Dark rivers run though me.
Darkness follows everwhere.
Kingdoms falling again and again.

Crawl to thee over again.
The Ancient Queen, the darkest woman.
Stepping through her shadow.
She who sees the soul.
Black is her blood.
Keeper of the fury.

Stepping through her shadow.
Do you see her soul?
Black is her blood.
Keeper of the fury.

Dark under the shadow.
Thy destiny lies with her.
The Ancient Queen,
ruler of the domain.
Keeper of the fury.
In shadow... shadow.

The Ancient Queen.
Deadly hate, deadly love.
Dark under the shadow.
Death has been resisted.
The Ancient Queen,
ruler of the domain.
Keeper of the fury,
the Queen dwells in shadow.

Dark rivers run though me.
Darkness follows everwhere.
Kingdoms falling again and again.

Crawl to thee over again.
The Ancient Queen, the darkest woman.
Stepping through her shadow.
She who sees the soul.
Black is her blood.
Keeper of the fury.

And the sun set down, wheat fields of the Great Israel faded from the shimmering golden brown into the shade of the oncoming night ...