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Don't destroy property in the name of peace

The most recent efforts of those opposed to the war effort in the Persian Gulf have reached the point of immaturity and degradation. It is unacceptable for students to think that they have the right to vandalize this school through the defacing of lecture-room walls and the campus Reserve Officers' Training Corps building.

Last weekend's scribblings included the slogan "No gulf blood bath" on the wall in Room 10-250 and "Stop the war" in Room 4-370, not to mention the flagrant graffiti found on the walls in Building 20.

Such actions suggest an insecurity on the part of those responsible; if they are of the opinion that they can effect change in the government by attacking the beliefs of their fellow students, they are badly mistaken.

Hatred does not need to exist between opposing beliefs, but the actions of these war protesters has needlessly created resentment between students on this campus.

We are all intelligent enough to respect the right for everyone to hold their own opinions and express them in public -- only someone lacking in self-esteem and trust for their fellow human beings would translate that into blatant vandalization of school property.

If one of the goals of the peace movement is to encourage everyone to become knowledgable about the war and the role of the United States, and this has been expressed as such by members of the peace movement on campus, then there is no justification for these acts.

We implore those responsible for the graffiti to reevaluate their behavior and respect for the student body of MIT. We all contribute an enormous amount of funds and effort to this school and deserve a just environment.

By violating these rights of the students the anti-war activists have only created antipathy for their position and disrespect for their movement.

I hope that these people now see how narrow-sighted their attack on the MIT ROTC program and its students is, and that demonstrations will be lawful and conducive to the academic atmosphere of the Institute in the future.

Gregory V. Shank '94->

Christopher M. Minekime '94->