Date: May 11 2003

Published: New York Times

A May 4 Week in Review article quotes the philosopher Leo Strauss as saying, "One must make the whole globe democratic, each country in itself as well as the society of nations."

It is a pity that the neocon disciples of Strauss haven't pushed for the second half of that agenda. With few exceptions, the Bush policy has been to undermine international agreements. Stronger support of the United Nations, as the closest institution we have to a democratic community of nations, would be welcome.

MARTIN G. EVANS, Toronto, May 4, 2003

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