From the Publisher: Feb 6 1989

Observant readers will shrewdly connect the smiling fellow at right, surrounded by assault rifles, with this week's cover story on the proliferation of guns in America. Shrewd connection, but wrong. That's New Delhi bureau chief Edward W. Desmond, who has seen his share of these weapons and the wars they fuel in south Asia since his arrival last October. Two weeks ago, Desmond managed to fly to Kabul, the Afghan capital, which faces a turbulent future as Soviet soldiers withdraw and the rebels move in. The nine- year-old war has proved a special challenge to Western reporters who have sneaked in,...

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