Ok, news is out that the number of US cities to pass resolutions against the
war has reached 42, with Chicago, Des Moines, Gary, and Northampton joining
the list -
AND, the NYT (January 28, 2003) reports that 41 US Nobel Laureates have
signed against it also (report below). This has got to count for something.
some people do believe that Bush is going to go ahead regardless of world or
American opinion. Still, he may have attacked by now if not for all this
New York Times (January 28, 2003)
41 Nobel Laureates Sign Against a War Without International Support
by William J. Broad
Forty-one American Nobel laureates in science and economics issued a
declaration yesterday opposing a preventive war against Iraq without wide
international support. The statement, four sentences long, argues that an
American attack would ultimately hurt the security and standing of the
United States, even if it succeeds.
The signers, all men, include a number who at one time or another have
advised the federal government or played important roles in national
security. Among them are Hans A. Bethe, an architect of the atom bomb;
Walter Kohn, a former adviser to the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency at the Pentagon; Norman F. Ramsey, a Manhattan Project scientist who
readied the Hiroshima bomb and later advised NATO; and Charles H. Townes,
former research director of the Institute for Defense Analyses at the
Pentagon and chairman of a federal panel that studied how to base the MX
missile and its nuclear warheads.
In addition to winning Nobel prizes, 18 of the signers have received
the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest science honor.
The declaration reads:
"The undersigned oppose a preventive war against Iraq without broad
international support. Military operations against Iraq may indeed lead to a
relatively swift victory in the short term. But war is characterized by
surprise, human loss and unintended consequences. Even with a victory, we
believe that the medical, economic, environmental, moral, spiritual,
political and legal consequences of an American preventive attack on Iraq
would undermine, not protect, U.S. security and standing in the world."
Dr. Kohn, a Nobel chemist at the University of California at Santa
Barbara, organized the declaration.
"No voice was speaking against the war," he said. "So I asked, `Can I
somehow make myself useful?' and had the idea of contacting my Nobel
laureate friends and trying to rally them around a reasonable position."
Dr. Kohn said he eventually tried to contact all American Nobel
laureates in science and economics, who are thought to number about 130. But
some had died or were unreachable, he said, while others never replied. Dr.
Kohn said only six respondents declined to sign the declaration.
He said the signers included Democrats and Republicans alike.
Patricia Halloran, an aide to Dr. Kohn, said that more signatures were
expected in the next few days as laureates returned from foreign travels or
caught up with their mail.
Occasionally, science Nobelists have banded together to speak out,
usually on topics of war and peace, arms and technology. In July 2000, 50
Nobel laureates urged President Bill Clinton to reject a proposed $60
billion missile defense system, arguing that it would be wasteful and
dangerous. In October 1999, 32 Nobel laureates in physics urged the Senate
to approve the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, calling it central to halting
the spread of nuclear arms.
The Iraq declaration is to be circulated on Capitol Hill by Senator
Dianne Feinstein and Representative Lois Capps, both California Democrats.
The signers are these, with E designating economics; P, physics; C,
chemistry; and M, medicine or physiology:
George A. Akerlof E
Philip W. Anderson P
Paul Berg C
Hans A. Bethe P
Nicolaas Bloembergen P
Paul D. Boyer C
Owen Chamberlain P
Leon N. Cooper P
James W. Cronin P
Robert F. Curl Jr. C
Val L. Fitch P
Robert F. Furchgott M
Sheldon L. Glashow P
Roger Guillemin M
Herbert A. Hauptman C
Alan J. Heeger C
Louis J. Ignarro M
Eric R. Kandel M
Har Gobind Khorana M
Lawrence R. Klein E
Walter Kohn C
Leon M. Lederman P
Yuan T. Lee C
William N. Lipscomb C
Daniel L. McFadden E
Franco Modigliani E
Ferid Murad M
George E. Palade M
Arno A. Penzias P
Martin L. Perl P
William D. Phillips P
Norman F. Ramsey P
Robert Schrieffer P
William F. Sharpe E
Jack Steinberger P
Joseph H. Taylor Jr. P
Charles H. Townes P
Daniel C. Tsui P
Harold E. Varmus M
Robert W. Wilson P
Ahmed H. Zewail C
Q. Isa Daudpota, Beaconhouse National University, 3-C Zafar Ali Rd.,
Gulberg 5, Lahore 54400, Pakistan. <daudpota@...
Tel: (042) 5718260 - 63, if email fails!
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has
endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended
us to forgo their use." -Galileo
Never underestimate the power of very stupid people
in large groups. -- Anon
"You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher"