A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 13, 1979

War and revolution are nothing new to Central America or to Bernard Diederich, a Latin hand for 29 years, TIME's Mexico City bureau chief for ten and our man in Managua for the final seven weeks of the bloody Nicaraguan revolt. Diederich, who last month turned over TIME's Managua watch to Correspondent Roberto Suro, has reported on Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba, the Dominican Republic civil war in 1965 and the 1969 "Soccer War" between El Salvador and Honduras. Says Diederich: "The Nicaraguan civil war, which saw the cold-blooded execution of one American journalist [ABC's Bill Stewart], surpassed them all in...

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