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Empower UN to give world security

In the Opinion page article ``A Case for High-Tech Weapons Building,'' Sept. 9, the author recommended that the United States concentrate on cruise missiles (costing about $1 million each) and other high-tech weapons. He said that would save lives, ours and theirs. That may be good advice so long as we continue to rely on military force and continue to act as the world's policeman.

However, wouldn't it be more sensible to create a better world security system at far less cost in money and lives?

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This can be done by empowering the United Nations to substitute peacemaking for warmaking in the settlement of disputes, ensuring against abuse of basic human rights; and by addressing other global problems that are beyond the capacities of individual nations acting alone. Stanley K. Platt, Minneapolis

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