A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 21, 1970

IN the issue of Feb. 28, 1969, TIME'S Essay observed that the growing incidence of terrorist attacks on airliners, ships, and individuals and institutions of all kinds suggested nothing so much as the Dark Ages, "when the only safe haven was the castle, with its great moat, drawbridge and armed men glaring from the turrets." That age of world disorder never seemed closer than last week during the Middle East hijackings, when a small band of fanatics terrorized hundreds of people, blew up four planes and held the world at bay. ∙ For its cover story on the...

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