A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 17, 1975

When heavy street fighting forced the Associated Press to abandon its headquarters in Beirut's Kantari district, one staffer left a note pinned to the wall. "Welcome to our guests," it said in flowery Arabic. "We hope our guests will protect the contents of the office because they are a trust in their hands. Thank you." Last week the A.P. reporters returned and found that somebody had left a note underneath the first one. "We are deeply sorry," it said, in equally flowery Arabic, "but we damaged the building because there was a sniper..."

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