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+</info>
+<preface id="poltical_background">
+    <info><title>Political Background to the Story</title></info>
+
+<para>
+<link xlink:href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon">Lebanon</link> had been a peaceful 
+and prosperous country since it gained its liberty, being the home of 
+Christians, Sunic Muslims, Shi'ite Muslims, Druze, Palestinians and members of 
+other peoples. It was often referred to as "The Switzerland of the 
+Middle East". 
+</para>
+
+<para>
+However, during the 1970s many terrorist organisations started being active
+and started fighting one another and initiating war against the southern
+Israeli border. As a result, Israel retaliated in what was known as
+<link xlink:href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_Lebanon_War">the 1982 Lebanon
+War</link>, invaded Lebanon and occupied it. Syria, the country which bordered
+east and north of Lebanon, also invaded Lebanon, in order to grab its landshare
+out of Lebanon. Eventually, Israel retreated while holding only a small
+strip in the south of Lebanon as a way to protect its territorial land, while
+Syria went on to fully conquer Lebanon.
+</para>
+
+<para>
+Syria ended up disarming all political armed
+organisations out of their weapons, except for the 
+<link xlink:href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezbollah">Hizbullah</link> (in Arabic
+"Party of God"), which is a Shi'ite Muslim activist organisatio, backed by 
+Syria
+and Iran, which was instructed to attack Israel. (Syria likely
+desired it to operate in this manner, to put pressure on Israel to return 
+the Golan Heights to Syria.). Israel, in turn, did extensive aerial and other
+attacks on Lebanon, in order to retaliate against the Hizbullah.
+</para>
+
+<para>
+It is at this point in time when this story supposedly takes places.
+</para>
+
+</preface>
     <chapter id="gone_without_a_trace">
         <info><title>1. Gone Without a Trace</title></info>
   <para>I woke up in the morning and went to the post. It was a bright day at the beginning of spring. When I walked down the road that leads to the post, I enjoyed the lively green of the field, before the summer shows its marks. Flowers bloomed there in the colors of white, yellow and violet and I could hear the squeak of the birds that resided on the trees and woke up before morning. Drops of dew shined on the shrubs and flowers, and the ground was still moist from the rain that had fallen there a day before. The sun just began to shine and in the sky there was a war between the light-blue shade brought by the sun and the dark red of the night.</para>