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Golub Letter Wrongly Defamed U.S. Military

Golub Letter Wrongly Defamed U.S. Military

I must say that I was startled and to a degree offended by the letter by Aaron Golub G wrote to The Tech ["ROTC Is Anything But Right for MIT," April 2] in which he slanders the U.S. military with what I feel are some outrageous accusations. Golub makes perhaps his most offensive statement early in his letter as he brands our military as "the world's foremost terrorist organization." He further states that our military has caused "more pain and suffering than any other single organization." The offense I take at these statements is twofold.

First, Golub's descriptions of the U.S. military as a terrorist organization strike me not only as being overblown and ludicrous, but as defaming the many good men who have died in service of our country in order to defend not only our freedom, but the freedom of other people of the world. I do not claim that the record of our military is spotless; there are events that will perhaps always be debated, such as the Mexican-American war and Vietnam. However, I think it is clear to most reasonably informed people that our military has bravely and consistently fought against oppression and for freedom from the days of the American Revolution to the Second World War, the Cold War, and today.

Second, perhaps Golub's greatest offense is not in defaming our military, but in glossing over and ignoring the many atrocities of recent world history by placing the U.S. military as the chief terrorist force and cause of pain in the world. I find it deeply disturbing for Golub to claim that our military, which many of my relatives have served in, has done worse than the Irish Republican Army, the Nazis, Hamas, and other perpetrators of unprovoked mass murder of innocents. I hope Golub realizes the great injustice he has done to the memory of the innocent people slaughtered by these many truly oppressive organizations. By placing as a greater evil the very organization that has often fought against these oppressors, namely the U.S. military, Golub spits in the face of general human decency and compassion.

The issues I mention here deal with only part of Golub's letter, but the rest of his tirade is filled with several similar, if not as starkly offensive, exaggerations and half-truths. It is my hope that perhaps Golub does not take himself seriously, and that he intended only to somehow jump-start debate, but nevertheless I feel he has made remarks that are uninformed, insensitive, and wholly uncharacteristic of the type of dialogue and thought that MIT needs today.

David S. Kelman '99