A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 31, 1961

TIME readers, at least, should not have been caught by surprise at the headline news about the crisis in Laos. For months past, our reporters have been reporting the futility, the pathos, the menace of the developing news from Laos. Fortnight ago, TIME captioned its cover story on King Savang Vatthana "Laos: Test of U.S. Inten tions." And in one of the first cover stories of 1961, TIME, describing the job of Pacific Commander Harry Donald Felt, concluded that "Laos, where events tumbled forward with sweep-second hand relentlessness, was per haps the least...

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