A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 13, 1968

THE perilous, seemingly impossible ' assignment of exploring the secret world of the Arab commandos for this week's cover story fell principally to Beirut Bureau Chief Edward Hughes. Meanwhile Jerusalem Stringer Marlin Levin and Rome Correspondent John Shaw pursued essential details on the Israeli side.

Summing up the complexity of his mission, Hughes reports :

"In Amman, Jordan's capital, I discovered that the greatest single danger was not the risk of an Israeli bullet or the stealthy trips I took with the commandos along the Jordan Valley. It was the risk of spending all...