A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 28, 1982

With much of Beirut a combat zone last week, there was scarcely a place in the city that did not seem to be smack in the center of the action. "People broke into tears out of sheer nervous exhaustion," reported Middle East Bureau Chief William Stewart after one particularly harrowing day of bombardment. So widespread was the destruction in mostly Muslim West Beirut, where TIME'S offices are situated, that Beirut Correspondent Roberto Suro was dispatched across the Green Line, which divides the city, so that he could begin operating from the predominantly Christian east side. "In effect we set up a...

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