A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 31, 1977

Journalists are acutely aware of one characteristic of the terrorist of the '70s: however small his numbers or narrow his cause, he commands attention. Our Bonn bureau, which provided much of the reporting for this week's cover stories on the international terrorism phenomenon, is a case in point.

Over the past seven months alone, Bureau Chief William Mader and Correspondent Barrett Seaman have reported nine stories involving West Germany's continuing struggle with radical violence, including the kidnaping of the since murdered industrial leader, Hanns-Martin Schleyer. Following the Schleyer abduction, terrorism became what Mader...

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