Essay: What Should We Lead With?

Journalists put the question in practical terms: What should we lead with? The rest of the population asks it more generally: What matters most? It comes to the same puzzle. Survey events in a given period of time and try to come up with the single moment, the headline, by which the world may be characterized, stopped in its spin. In the past couple of weeks, the press has stood chest-high in choices. In Lebanon: one more last battle for Beirut; the disintegration of the Gemayel government; the pull-out of the U.S. Marines. In the Soviet Union: the death of Yuri...

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