Kingston, Jamaica, November 20: In September 1973, Mr. Herbert Armstrong and I were planning a visit to Beirut, Lebanon. We were very much aware of the tensions in that city as a result of the activities of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and other splinter groups. We had also just completed a seven-day visit in Santiago, Chile, where the civil strife was evident and was followed only three weeks later by the overthrow of the government of President Allende. In fact, President Allende was killed in the very office where Mr. Armstrong and I had been received. We were discussing our forthcoming visit to Beirut with a very knowledgeable European leader and were somewhat surprised to be cautioned in such strong terms that we should not make the visit at that time. Tension in the Middle East, of course, was mounting as Israel continued to strike against the PLO and its bases in the southern-most part of Lebanon.
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