To the Editors:
TIME'S cover of Jan. 15, 1979 (below), is just as timely for this year. The only change, distressingly enough, is that the contemplative Russian bear depicted there is now on the move: Afghanistan [Jan. 7] is caught between its jaws, and paw prints are discernible in Iran and elsewhere around the Persian Gulf. I dread to think what updating will be necessary for your cover a year from now.
Edward E. Plowman Washington, D.C.
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