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Why Walk Out?

I was just wondering if someone could explain to me what the students hope to accomplish by walking out of class after a war in Iraq begins. Why do they want to sacrifice their studies, especially after the war has already started? Are they hoping the U.S. government will notice them and somehow be persuaded to stop the war in its tracks, just as it has begun, in order to get them to go back to school? Even if somehow this were possible, do they really want the United States to look so silly and ineffectual? Wouldn’t that open us up to easy attack? The reason MIT participates in defense research is for the purpose of keeping the American people safe, so that they will be free to work hard and accomplish their personal goals. Whether or not they believe the government is justified, the students should be showing patriotism by focusing on their own responsibilities -- including schoolwork -- whether or not we are at war.

Dawn Perlner ’01