The invasion of Grenada had no basis in international law unless American lives were in danger--and there has been no convincing evidence that they were.

Instead, the invasion has taken a toll of human lives--including at least 15 Americans--and alienated most of the world, including our democratic allies.

It was not our business to battle our way to Grenada and seek to determine who runs it.

The U.S. cannot reserve to itself the right to use military force every time we see a government somewhere in the world we think we won't like.

Americans should be prepared to fight when our fundamental security interests are threatened.

But these interests were not threatened and we should not have gone to war just because one distasteful ruler replaced another on a tiny island off South America.

In Grenada, a trigger-happy president has skirted the War Powers Resolution and shamefully shackled our free press.

In Beirut, Ronald Reagan has become the first American president to plunge American troops directly into combat in the historic bloodfueds and civil wars of that turbulent region.

In Central America, the Reagan adminsistration has poured in more than $1 billion to prop up the Salvadoran military and provided CIA funds for terrorist bombing against civilian targets in Nicaragua.

Thus, President Reagan has achieved the dubious distinction of getting America involved in three shooting wars in three different parts of the world all at the same time.

Where next? Where will Ronald Reagan stop?