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Reagan's Defiance of World Court

July 18, 1986

Youth has always been more impressed by what adults do than what they say.

Page 1 of The Times (June 28) reminded us that the Reagan Administration had said in advance that it would ignore the International Court of Justice ruling (14 to 1) calling for the United States to cease its support for the contras and to compensate the Nicaraguan government for resultant economic losses.

On the reverse side of that very page, the Rev. Pat Robertson, a leading so-called "fundamental Christian" and possible candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, is quoted as saying that our own Supreme Court rulings are "not the law of the land."

How can we be indignant about our young people's occasional lack of respect for law, when our very highest civil and prominent religious leaders voice such lack of respect for duly constituted court of law?

EDWARD W. RASMUSSEN

Encinitas

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