Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe, a political opponent of President Reagan, accuses our government of being a lawbreaker on a grand scale (Editorial Pages, Oct. 23), "We Are a Nation of Laws With a Scofflaw President." But let's see what "laws" Tribe is talking about, and how they are supposedly broken.
For one thing, there is the self-aggrandizing dictate of the World Court, the American judge dissenting, in favor of its own jurisdiction over a complaint by Nicaragua against our country. As it is well known, the World Court is dominated by judges from Iron Curtain and Third World countries that have never submitted to the court's so-called compulsory jurisdiction. The jurisdictional question is one about which lawyers disagree. Let us be thankful that we have a President who in case of doubt prefers our country's interests, even though some Harvard law professors prefer those of others.
Then, there is the government's disagreement with the opinions of some lower courts, some of them presided over by Jimmy Carter appointees who seem to be running a kind of government in exile. A national government has national concerns; lower courts of limited territorial jurisdiction are not competent to dictate to the country as a whole.