A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 28, 1976

"R.and R."−rest and recreation−is a term that has slipped into the vernacular from military usage. There is a certain aptness in using the term to describe the New York City writing stint that TIME Beirut Bureau Chief Karsten Prager is undertaking as part of a home leave. Though still hard at work, Prager is taking a well-deserved break from 14 relentless months of observing first-hand the Middle East's most savage internecine conflict. Says Prager: "Beirut was always the place where one took a plane to cover a story somewhere else. The change is . tragic, to put it mildly." He...

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