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U.N. antithetical to U.S.

| Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Regarding the editorial “The Human Rights Council: Wrong again” (Nov. 8 and TribLIVE.com): The recent report submitted by the U.N. Human Rights Council to the U.N. General Assembly calling for an international boycott of all companies that do business in Israel, including U.S. businesses, is truly astounding.

This incredibly malevolent, blatantly biased policy recommendation once again demonstrates the harsh fact that the U.N. is heavily influenced and administratively manipulated by a consortium of countries whose political philosophy and economic policies are strongly antithetical to the best interests and sociopolitical posture of the United States.

These same groups at the U.N. either ignore or even applaud the terroristic killings, violence against women and other horrible acts committed by people in their own countries on an ongoing basis. Many U.S. citizens have been murdered, American businesses have suffered substantial financial losses and our country's foreign-policy mandates have been boldly ignored or rejected by the very same countries that control the Human Rights Council and, quite frequently, the General Assembly.

The time is long overdue for the U.S. to assert itself and aggressively undertake whatever actions are necessary to protect our citizens, pursue international policies that provide the best possible outcome for the world and defend our corporations and businesses from foreign groups that have diametrically opposed economic interests.

Democrats and Republicans need to work together to achieve these goals in a unified, firm fashion.

Cyril H. Wecht

Squirrel Hill

The writer is a former Allegheny County coroner.

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