Terry Waite: An Extraordinary Envoy

AN EXTRAORDINARY ENVOY GIVEN THE SENSITIVITY OF THE MISSION AND THE STRONG POSSIBILITY OF YET ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT, TERRY WAITE KNEW MORE THAN HE WAS TELLING LAST FRIDAY MORNING WHEN HE CALLED THE BEIRUT OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. "SIMPLY, I'M HERE," HE ANNOUNCED. "SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN. NOTHING HARD YET, BUT IT'S MOVING." WITH A CHARACTERISTIC MIX OF BRAVADO AND DISCRETION, HE ADDED, "IT APPEARS TO BE MOVING. YOU KEEP AN EYE, JUST KEEP AN EYE. BYE-BYE FOR NOW." THEN HE

HUNG UP, SETTING OFF RUMORS THAT SEVERAL WESTERN HOSTAGES WERE about to be or had already been released. Two days later...

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