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European, U.S. Reaction to Raid on Libya

April 27, 1986

In 1956, winging my way home after six weeks in the Middle East, the man sitting next to me said he was with the U.S. Department of State. Only eight years after the birth of modern Israel, our conversation turned to the Middle East, and the gentleman made the flat statement, "The third World War will start in the Middle East."

Could my seatmate of 30 years ago have been prophetic? Will Ronald Reagan, our so popular President, be listed in our history books as "The man who started World War III?

V. FAURE RILLIET

Long Beach

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