A Letter From the Publisher: Apr. 28, 1986

Ever since the West Berlin discotheque bombing in early April, TIME's national security experts, along with the rest of the U.S., had watched for signs of whether the U.S. would respond and how. Two weeks ago, as officials uncovered harder and harder evidence of Libyan involvement, Washington Correspondents Bruce van Voorst and Michael Duffy became increasingly convinced of U.S. willingness to strike back. Their colleague David Halevy confirmed from intelligence sources that the White House was concerned about signs of Libyan plans for further provocation. Says Duffy: "We scrambled to confirm the exact time and nature of the attack, which several...

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