A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 13, 1983

The business of photographing in a war zone carries inevitable risks, and in Lebanon, just about the riskiest war zone in the world, no one takes unnecessary chances or travels any place where the risks ominously outweigh the opportunities. But says TIME Photographer Bill Pierce, "Some days you are wrong. One day last week we were wrong." Pierce, Associated Press Photographer Bill Foley and their Lebanese driver had been headed to get pictures in the Bekaa Valley when Syrian soldiers at a checkpoint about 50 miles northeast of Beirut ordered them out of...

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