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         <info><title>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 colours 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>
   <para>In my opinion, it was a perfect day to launch missiles at the Enemy’s soldiers. However, that was not what I intended to do that day.</para>
-  <para>As I came near the post, I saw from afar that two of my comrades were oiling one of the mortars that were in the possession of my post. They were so busy that they did not notice me until they heard me say “Good Morning.” to them.</para>
-  <para>“Good morning, the Member of the Organisation.”, they replied while turning to see me. “How’s it going?”, added one of them.</para>
+  <para>As I came near the post, I saw from afar that two of my comrades were oiling one of the mortars that belonged to my post. They were so busy, that they did not notice me, until they heard me tell me “Good Morning.”.</para>
+  <para>“Good morning, the Member of the Organisation.”, they replied while turning to see me. “How’s it going?” added one of them.</para>
   <para>“Top of the world. I’m going to quit today.”</para>
   <para>“Really? That’s a shame! ‘We’ll miss you, bro’, like they say.”</para>
   <para>“Likewise. But we’ve got to move on.”</para>
-  <para>And so I walked away from them, opened the door that lead to the office of the post’s commander, and went in. The commander sat by the table, and read a pamphlet that he held in his hand. It was probably one of the many reports and files of instructions that he received. After I entered, he placed the pamphlet on the table, turned to look at me and said: “Good morning, the Member! Look, I read a couple of papers now, and they explain that we should initiate a transfer of…”</para>
-  <para>“Good morning to you too, Sir.”, I interrupted him. “Excuse me for bothering you, but I don’t think it’s relevant anymore.”</para>
+  <para>And so I walked away from them, opened the door that lead to the office of the post’s commander, and went in. The commander sat by the table, and read a pamphlet that he held in his hand. It was probably one of the many reports and tutorials that he received. After I entered, he placed the pamphlet on the table, turned to look at me and said: “Good morning, the Member! Look, I read a couple of papers now, and they explain that we should initiate a transfer of…”</para>
+  <para>“Good morning to you too, Sir.”, I interrupted him. “Excuse me for interrupting you, but I don’t think it’s relevant anymore.”</para>
   <para>“Why?”</para>
   <para>“Because I came here to file my resignation.”</para>
-  <para>“No way! Just ten minutes ago the other Member of the Organisation resigned as well.”</para>
+  <para>“No way! Just ten minutes ago, the other Member of the Organisation resigned as well.”</para>
   <para>“Really?”, I asked him.</para>
   <para>“Yes. He is now bidding the other members farewell.”</para>
   <para>“Why did he resign?” </para>
   <para>“This and that. Said something that he couldn’t take all this stress any longer, and that he wishes to find a stable job and raise a family. He also noted that ‘it was fun to serve in the Organisation, but it’s time to move on’.  ”</para>
   <para>“Okay.”</para>
-  <para>“Yes, but as they say: when it rains it pours. Well, just sign here and I’ll take care of all the other paperwork.” </para>
+  <para>“Yes, but as they say: when it rains it pours. Well, just sign here, and I’ll take care of all the other paperwork.” </para>
   <para>After I started filling it, I said to him: “About the salary you paid me…”</para>
-  <para>“Forget it!”, the commander said and continued, “During your service in the Organisation, you’ve done a great service to your people and your country. You have earned your pay, even if not honestly, and we thank you that you have joined our ranks at all in the first place. I just hope that during your civil life, you will continue to maintain the spirit of the organisation and its philosophy.”</para>
-  <para>“I’ll do my best, sir.” I told him hastily while I signed it. Then I rose up and we shook hands. I thought a little about what the commander just said, and then recalled something and sat down. “Look, it may no longer be so relevant…”, I said to him “…but I’ve been a member of the Organisation for two years, and nobody ever told me what the philosophy of the Organisation was. What is it, really?”</para>
+  <para>“Forget it!”, the commander said and continued, “During your service in the Organisation, you’ve done a great service to your people and your country. You have earned your pay, even if not honestly, and we thank you that you have joined our ranks, in the first place. I just hope that during your civil life, you will continue to maintain the spirit of the organisation and its philosophy.”</para>
+  <para>“I’ll do my best, sir.” I told him hastily while I signed it. Then I rose up and we shook hands. I thought a little about what the commander just said, and then recalled something, and sat down again. “Look, it may no longer be so relevant…”, I said to him “…but I’ve been a member of the Organisation for two years, and nobody ever told me what the philosophy of the Organisation was. What is it, really?”</para>
   <para>“Ah… the philosophy? I am surprised that it hadn’t been presented to you yet. In any case, I’d be happy to enlighten you, the ex‐Member of the Organisation. Now, how should I start? Oh, I know. So here goes:</para>
   <para>The philosophy of the Organisation is very simple: our goal is to fight the Enemy with all our power. It is a holy war of our people against that criminal nation, and even though the well being of our people and its future are not at stake, it’s a war of the utmost importance. At least according to what we are told all the time, or that we keep telling each other.</para>
   <para>We must sacrifice everything in order to achieve this purpose by our struggle with the Enemy, even the lives of the members of our people, which for their interest we are acting in the first place. And we have indeed done it successfully. When I look back I realise one thing: we have been doing it and we are still doing it, despite all the difficulties. True – we had some difficult times. But they were nothing compared to the almost impossible times, which we usually have to operate in.</para>
 <para>
 <emphasis role="bold">Simon Travaglia</emphasis> — for writing the humorous 
 Internet story
-<emphasis role="bold">"The Bastard Operator From Hell"</emphasis>, which
+<emphasis role="bold"><emphasis>The Bastard Operator 
+From Hell</emphasis></emphasis>, which
 provided a lot of inspiration for the plot of the story, and is a
 recommended read.
 </para>
 
 <listitem>
 <para>
-<emphasis role="bold">Alexey</emphasis> from "Smart Link" — for reading an 
+<emphasis role="bold">Alexey</emphasis> from Smart Link — for reading an 
 early version in Hebrew, and giving some useful comments.
 </para>
 </listitem>
 <listitem>
 
 <para>
-And finally — all the people who have fully read "The Enemy", whether
+And finally — all the people who have fully read The Enemy, whether
 in Hebrew and/or in English and commented on it.
 </para>
 
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