The United Nations program, Sustainable Development/Agenda 21, deals with planet-wide development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It involves the concept of needs (emphasis an the poor) and the concept of limitations imposed by technology and social organizations on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs.

It views the world as a composite of systems and interconnections among the environment, the economy and social well-being -- all noble-sounding words, indeed. Though not required (yet) Agenda 21 is the implementation plan covering science, technology transfer, education, international institutions and financial mechanisms.

Because the program involves systems of the world, a world government (eventually the U.N., most probably) must enforce and give oversight. Our liberties and sovereignty will be gone. Distribution of resources does not provide means whereby the poor can raise their living standards; it seeks equalization by lowering the affluent. Guess which nation is considered most affluent? Who can identify or quantify future needs with certainty 100 years forward with respect to technological advances, the utilization of space or our capacity to grow food? Yet our nation and state support this U.N. program.

I believe sustainable development is a U.N. stratagem for eventual control of all earth's resources and activities by a global form of socialism that, according to Winston Churchill, has as its only virtue -- shared misery. We must beware of those seeking to advance their causes through half-truths, catchphrases and "smooth talk" to veil the complete truth, inveigle public support and indoctrinate children in ways of thinking not of our approval. We must be vigilant, take control of education and review instructional content.

Our way of living is attacked on many fronts bit by nibbling bit.

Milton Leiker