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New York Times, Letters, August 13, 2000
The Rule of Law

To the Editor:

"America in the World" (editorial, Aug. 7) proposes that encouraging the rule of law in Russia and China "should be among the primary goals of the next president." Fair enough. But should the rule of law also play a part in our foreign policy?

You say "the Pentagon can safely eliminate thousands of nuclear weapons . . . but must maintain enough to discourage attack." The first part of that statement is welcome, but the second invites the United States to set an example of lawbreaking.

The nonproliferation treaty obliges us to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament. The International Court of Justice has interpreted this to mean complete nuclear disarmament.

And at the United Nations in May, the United States solemnly signed on to an "unequivocal undertaking" to eliminate its nuclear arsenal. The Pentagon’s continuing reliance on nuclear deterrence flouts this legal obligation.

PETER WEISS, New York, Aug. 7, 2000

Copyright 2000 The New York Times Company



New York Times, Letters, July 15, 2000

Missile Shield: A National Priority?

To the Editor:

Re: "A Better Way to Build a Missile Defense," by Richard Perle (Op-Ed, July 13):

Mr. Perle asserts that an effective missile shield can be built. Others assert that the threat of retaliation by the United States is sufficient to deter attacks. Both approaches are morally abhorrent because they plan for the possibility of fighting a war with nuclear missiles. There is a third option: Eliminate the capability to launch missile attacks through development of a global missile control system.

Russia has made proposals for missile nonproliferation and monitoring that point toward such a system. North Korea is observing a moratorium on long-range missile tests. A global missile flight test ban would be an excellent first step toward real security based on eliminating the threat of missile attack rather than deterring or defending against it.

JOHN BURROUGHS, New York, July 13, 2000

Copyright 2000 The New York Times Company


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