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UTAH LEGISLATORS VS. THE U.N.

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If the United Nations ever attempts a move Washington does not like, the United States can always exercise its veto in the Security Council.

Over the years Washington has sharply reduced America's share of the U.N. budget and is far behind in payments on what the United States owes.After 50 years of operation, the U.N. is so hamstrung by debt, red tape and bureaucratic bungling that to many observers it appears no nearer than it ever was to turning into a global government.

With the breakup of the former Soviet Union, the United States is the only remaining super-power - with much more clout than many of its present or former foes.

If the United States further weakens its support of the U.N. or withdraws altogether, that would be the extent to which Washington would lose its ability to influence, let alone, control the world organization.

Polls consistently show the American public has much more serious and pressing matters on its mind than the extent and nature of future U.S. participation in the United Nations.

Moreover, though Congress is far more conservative than it has been in many decades, the Republican Contract With America goes no farther than to call for a ban on putting American troops under foreign command and an end to "raiding the defense budget to fund . . . U.N. peacekeeping programs."

But none of that evidently matters to the Utah House of Representatives, which clearly thinks Congress needs more nagging.

Heeding a warning of one-world government and fears of a loss of American sovereignty, the Utah House this week passed a resolution urging Congress to stop appropriating money to the U.N. for peace-keeping purposes and to cease rendering aid to any activity or engagement under the jurisdiction of the U.N. except for humanitarian aid.

Though the U.N. serves some useful purposes and ought to be kept in business, there are ample reasons for criticizing the world organization. But surely Utah legislators can make better use of their time than to waste it on resolutions that go too far and tell Congress little more than it already knows.