A Letter From the Publisher: Mar. 7, 1988

A deep sense of irony comes over Washington Correspondent Elaine Shannon when she reports, as she did for this week's cover stories, on the growing power of drug traffickers. "In the 1960s," she says, "my generation marched for civil rights and to end the Viet Nam War. We were well educated, open, idealistic, progressive." Then, she adds, "my generation discovered drugs. I saw friends die from overdoses, go to jail for drug peddling or, if they were lucky, just burn out." Shannon finds it especially painful that millions of peace-loving, privileged young Americans provide the revenues that have allowed drug traffickers...

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