Protest intervention in Nicaragua, El SalvadorTo the Editor:
Joining tens of thousands of people across the country, we members of the MIT community have signed the "Pledge of Resistance to Prevent the Invasion of Nicaragua and El Salvador." Should our government significantly escalate its intervention in Central America, we have pledged to join with others to protest through nonviolent civil disobedience or legal demonstrations.
Following in the wake of the CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors, Contra assassination manuals and World Court proceedings, the increased frequency and intensity of US war games in Central America signal a renewed determination to topple the government of Nicaragua.
The Reagan Administration's latest efforts to ensure Congressional approval of $14-million for the CIA-organized Contras bring new urgency to our protestation of current policies and their ill-founded aims. Hailed as "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers' by President Reagan, the anti-Sandinista rebels and their fighting methods are now the focus of two human rights reports.
We urge President Reagan to consider more seriously non-military solutions to the problems in this region. We denounce the folly of President Reagan's stated intent to make the Sandinista government "say Uncle," and call for the pursuance of a peaceful settlement.
Our pledge aims to raise the stakes of supporting terrorism and repressive military violence still higher -- the unworthy goals of our government grow more domestically costly as increasing numbers of people across the country join together for the cause of peace.
The "Pledge of Resistance" offers a morally compelling deterrrent to a US invasion of Central America and we invite others here at MIT to join us in protesting this injustice.
Richard Berg G->
Jim Brandt G->
Eric Brown G->
Barbara Fields G->
Keri Lung G->
Beth Marcus G->
Ellen McDonald G->
Kristin Nelson G->
Kelly Robinson G->
Chris Tilly G->
Ellen Tohn G->