A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 27, 1982

The remarkable eyewitness account and exclusive photographs in this week's World story on the assassination of Lebanese President-elect Bashir Gemayel and the massacre that followed were the result of the almost routine serendipity that seems to be the hallmark of good journalists. As the bomb that was to kill Gemayel was edging toward detonation, TIME Correspondent David Halevy was at the reception desk of the Hotel Alexandre in East Beirut checking out. TIME Staff Photographer Rudi Frey was at the hotel bar having a beer. David Rubinger, another veteran TIME photographer, was upstairs...

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