The UN's Moral Authority

Regarding the Opinion page article "US Should Avoid Squandering UN's Moral Authority," Feb. 12: This excellent article serves as an overdue warning to our policymakers that undermining the United Nations will have disastrous affects on the security of the world, including the United States. We righteously demand that Saddam Hussein comply with all UN resolutions. Apparently it does not concern us that Israel has never complied with UN resolutions requiring Israel to vacate the occupied Arab territories. Nor did we bow to the conscience of the world community a few years back when we were rebuked by the World Court over the mining of Nicaragua's harbors.

Our selectiveness in respecting the resolutions of the Security Council and cavalier flouting of the World Court, not only undermine the authority of these worthy institutions but tarnish the respect that the US would like to command in the courts of world opinion. Eleanor M. Allen, Montclair, N.J.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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