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Support the MEK

Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, and Rep. Bob Filner, California Democrat, are absolutely correct (“MEK sense,” Op-Ed, June 15). To defeat Islamist terrorism, one must aim for the heart, and Tehran for the mullahs is exactly the center of it all.

The Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK) and National Council of Resistance of Iran are our natural allies. The current policy of labeling these democratic organizations as “terrorist” is akin to calling Adolf Hitler in 1944 and informing him of the plot by the members of the anti-Nazi organization the White Rose to assassinate him. When will the State Department finally come to its senses and figure out who are our friends and who are our enemies?

RABBI DANIEL M. ZUCKER

Long Beach, N.Y.

Ratify the LOST

David Ridenour’s letter, “Treaty inaccuracies” (Monday), failed to take into account that U.S. fishermen are among the most regulated in the world. Responsible commercial harvesters understand the need for sustainably managed fisheries. The U.S. government has pushed for sustainable fisheries at United Nations meetings, in negotiations for multilateral and bilateral treaties and in development of voluntary plans of action and codes of conduct, all consistent with the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.

When it is time to encourage our fishing partners in the international community to join us in implementing these treaties and plans for sustainable fisheries, industry groups and governments alike from countries that are our treaty partners question our motives, since we have not joined the treaty that is the foundation upon which all those treaties and plans are based. This denies our fishermen the benefits of a level playing field. We follow the rules and we lack a most convincing element of the argument for why others should follow them as well.

By giving its advice and consent to ratification of the 1982 Convention, the Senate could solve this problem, leading to fairness for our fishers and giving our negotiators a most powerful argument for why our treaty partners should follow the rules.

JOHN CONNELLY

President

National Fisheries Institute

McLean

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