To Our Readers: Aug. 29, 1994

When 350 grams of plutonium, the world's most toxic substance, shows up in a suitcase at the Munich airport, the imagination rushes to sci-fi scenarios. But the threat is real. Is this deadly material one more indication of nuclear proliferation? The basis for the next wave of terrorism?

To give TIME's readers a realistic assessment of a perilous situation, we drew on the experience of Bruce van Voorst, who has covered Germany off and on since 1965, and who took over in May as our Bonn bureau chief. Van Voorst considers himself a lucky man: "My timing has always been good....

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