Publisher's Letter, Apr. 2, 1956

Dear TIME-Reader:

THE tension and threat of violence hanging over the Arab world last week got much too personal for two of our reporters. Paris Correspondent William McHale, covering the unrest in North Africa (see FOREIGN NEWS), was caught out after curfew one night near Algiers. Stopped by Senegalese troops with fixed bayonets, McHale was prodded off to the commissariat by a young French machine gunner with an itchy finger. When the correspondent showed his press pass, the nervous Frenchman snapped:"That doesn't mean a thing—this is war!" At the commissariat, luckily, cooler heads...

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