- - Thursday, October 24, 2013

The editorial “A U.N. raft of rogues” (Oct. 21), which describes the United Nations as an unwieldy bureaucracy that warmly embraces the worst offenders, was spot on. The inclusion of despotic regimes on the U.N. Security Council does indeed mock the values of civilized nations, which contribute the most to support this failing organization.

What left me shaking my head in disbelief was the conclusion that Samantha Power, our new ambassador to the U. N., must be loud, insistent and unyielding in condemning U.N. abuse of human rights and religious liberty.

Lest anyone forget, Ms. Power was selected for her position by President Obama, a leader who consistently looks to the U.N. to solve the very problems of which the editorial justly complains: Christians targeted in Egypt, appalling atrocities in Syria, women denied basic freedoms in Afghanistan. All these and other problems are referred to the U.N.

The editorial is right that changes in U.N. operations are long overdue — but, sadly, they will not be raised by the current American administration. There is no chance at all that the president will ask Ms. Power to upset the status quo. Instead, we will just continue to contribute more than 20 percent of the U.N. budget.

STANLEY ORMAN

Rockville