Dr. Daniel Amit, an Israeli scientist residing in Italy, has told
the American Physical Society, "I
will not at this point correspond with any American institution.
Some of us have lived through 1939."
Dr. Daniel Amit made his statement to the American Physical Society when asked
to review a manuscript submitted for publication in "Physical
Review" -- a science journal published in the United States.
When asked by Dr. Blume, Editor in Chief American Physical Society,
to reconsider his decision, Dr. Amit responded as follows:
"Thank you for you letter of April 8. I would have liked to be able
to share the honorable sentiments you express in your letter as
well as your optimism in the future role of science and the
scientific community. To be frank, and with much sadness and pain,
after 40 years of activity and collaboration, I find very little
reason for such optimism. What we are watching today, I believe, is
a culmination of 10 - 15 years of mounting barbarism of the American
culture the world over, crowned by the achievements of science and
technology as a major weapon of mass destruction.
"We are witnessing man hunt and wanton killing of the type and scale
not seen since the raids on American Indian populations, by a
superior technological power of inferior culture and values. We see
no corrective force to restrain the insanity, the self-righteousness
and the lack of respect for human life (civilian and military) of
"Science cannot stay neutral, especially after it has been so
cynically used in the hands of the inspectors to disarm a country
and prepare it for decimation by laser guided cluster bombs. No,
science of the American variety has no recourse. I, personally,
cannot see myself anymore sharing a common human community with
American science. Unfortunately, I also belong to a culture of a
similar spiritual deviation (Israel), and which seems to be equally
"In desperation I cannot but turn my attention to other tragic
periods in which major societies, some with claims to fundamental
contributions to culture and science, have deviated so far as to be
relegated to ostracism and quarantine. At this point I think
American society should be considered in this category. I have no
illusions of power, as to the scope and prospect of my attitude.
But, the minor role of my act and statement is a simple way of
affirming that in the face of a growing enormity which I consider
intolerable, I will exercise my own tiny act of disobedience to be
able to look straight into the eyes of my grandchildren and my
students and say that I did know."
[". . . it's impossible not to conclude that the United States and
its allies have performed a great service for Iraq's 23 million
people."--Editorial, "An Unfinished Mission," Washington Post, May 4, 2003]
[Reporter: Mr. Gandhi, "What do you think of Western civilization?"
Mohandas K. Gandhi: "I think it would be a very good idea."--Number
24377, The Columbia World of Quotations, 1996]
John le Carre, "The United States of
America Has Gone Mad," The Times, January 15, 2003
"Poll: Bush 'Biggest Threat to
Justice and Peace'," November 9, 2002
Patrick J. Buchanan, "Whose War?,"
The American Conservative, March 24, 2003
["William J. Bennett, one of America's foremost conservative
crusaders against sin and liberalism, has been found to maintain at
least one compulsive and prodigious vice of his own."--Ed Helmore,
"Moral voice of US gambles on his credibility," The
Observer (UK), May 4, 2003]
["Worn by a Nazi German soldier, the aluminum, World War II era
buckle carried the imperial eagle of the Third Reich above the
familiar Swastika. ĘSurrounding the eagle and Swastika was the
motto, 'Gott Mit Uns,' or 'God With Us.' . . . The Nazis demonized
and then destroyed their enemies, after first intimidating and then
liquidating their domestic opponents. "--Douglas Herman, "Achtung!
Are We the New Nazis?," May 5, 2003]
["George W. Bush, son of unimaginable privilege, crossed the first
line when he was selected to be president by the Supreme Court and
accepted the job. He crossed the second line when he revealed his
divine imperative, such as when (after the disaster of 9/11) he
spoke of being 'chosen by the grace of God to lead at that moment.'
(attributed by Tim Goeglein, deputy director of White House public
liaison and a barrel of laughs at any party.) When George climbed
out of that airplane in his shiny new war suit, he didn't just carry
his own cute little self across the deck: son of privilege, chosen
of God, and wearing a military uniform, he passed through the
doorway from mere wickedness to fascism. Our struggle in the time
ahead is to resist the urge to follow him."--Ben Tripp, "The Other 'F'
Word, CounterPunch, May 8, 2003]
["The playwright Harold Pinter last night likened George W Bush's
administration to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, saying the US was
charging towards world domination while the American public and
Britain's "mass-murdering" prime minister sat back and
watched."--Angelique Chrisafis and Imogen Tilden, "Pinter blasts 'Nazi America' and 'deluded idiot' Blair,"
Guardian, June 11, 2003]
Lewis H. Lapham, "Living in a
Fascist State," Harper's Magazine, October 2005