- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2015

A Brown University student has penned a controversial op-ed that condemns the school for creating new partnerships with the Navy and Air Force ROTC programs, alleging the cadets are “criminals” who are being trained in “state-sanctioned violence.”

“This is not science; this is the art of killing and torturing,” Peter Makhlouf wrote in a Feb. 5 column for The Brown Daily Herald, Fox News first reported. “It seems that ROTC’s attempt to recruit academically elite students is a calculated attempt to rope the best and brightest into the industry of state-sanctioned violence.”

Mr. Makhlouf argued that Brown is losing touch with its “rich, anti-military, anti-war history” and that students need to fight to protect its “proud tradition of resistance.”

“By outlawing ROTC and its byproducts on our campus, we have the opportunity to maintain and strengthen a tradition of refusing to capitulate to the increasing demands of military engagement in today’s global agenda,” he wrote. “At a time when we most need a brave intelligentsia to speak out against the craven acts of U.S. imperialism, the thought of extending the poisonous branches of the armed services to our campus should be wholly denounced.”

The comment section for the article was eventually disabled, but not before dozens of people were able to denounce Mr. Makhlouf’s beliefs.



Mr. Makhlouf, if this is the type of shallow reasoning produced by an education at Brown University, you have wasted your money. Nevertheless, the graduates of ROTC will be prepared to defend your right to be a moron,” wrote Dr. Timothy J. Williams.

Daric Wade wrote: “You completely misunderstand the term ‘military science,’ as applied to ROTC. Military Science courses are designed to teach the ‘science’ of military leadership, decision-making, and tactical thinking, in very basic forms, not to invent new weapons. Nobody’s building a death ray at Brown.”

Mako482 added: “So called ‘Americans’ like this love to flourish in the freedoms that this country’s military has gained and sustained for them throughout its history all while bashing it. You are FREE to leave any time you want sir, our military has also ensured that freedom for you. You will not be missed.”

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