MIT's focus on education lacks compatibility with aims of ROTC
Almost as troubling as the Navy's vindictive attitude towards Robb L. Bettiker '90 and Joe Steffan is Dean for Undergraduate Education Margaret L. A. MacVicar's incredible statement on the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
If, as MacVicar assures us, MIT encourages students "to consider careers committed to serving the public good," how can the Institute be a part of channeling undergraduates into the Defense Department via ROTC?
Is the public good really served by turning universities into filling stations for the needs of the military? Did former Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver L. North, United States Marine Corps, serve the public good of any nation by shipping arms to Khomeini? Was the public good served by the US invasion of Grenada or the destruction of the homes of the poor in Panama City?
MacVicar writes of a "special compatibility" between MIT and the Defense Department. It is difficult to see any compatibility whatsoever between humane learning and the goals of the US military, which specializes in destroying human life.
The salient reason for ending the disgraceful "MIT-ROTC partnership" is to be found in the US government's record of repeated aggression against Vietnam, Grenada, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama.