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'Rocking the Rule of Law'

October 27, 1985

What a sad commentary! When the world's strongest, richest, most blessed nation chooses to terminate acceptance of the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. How can one expect the other nations to behave responsibly?

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nations as the forum where nations large and small are listened to, where problems of common interest are addressed and progress is made toward solutions. It is true the U.N. is not perfect, but it is unquestionably the most valuable instrument we have for peaceful arbitration and an approach to mutual security. Dignity, patience, mutual concern are qualities needed to make the U.N. work, not arrogance and selfishness. The United States has a history as a leader for progress in international relations. It is needed now, perhaps more than ever.

LAURA INGMAN South Pasadena

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