Rights of the Child

Our nation's bombing rocks the "cradle of civilization" while we ignore the cries of the world's children. Hugh Downs' plea ("Most Vulnerable, Least Protected," Commentary, Feb. 10) that the United States ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child must not be ignored. The Bush Administration hesitates to approve the convention because capital punishment of children is outlawed. As Downs points out, the only countries that still allow this practice are the U.S., Iraq, Iran and Bangladesh. The politics of war makes strange "cradle-fellows."

CAROL A. BECKER, Torrance

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