Mayor Bill de Blasio, a.k.a. Warren De Blasio Wilhem, once signed an anti-military defense letter in 1986.
To The Spectator and the Columbia Community:
We, the undersigned faculty, staff, and students of Columbia University wish to express the strongest support for those in Columbia’s science and engineering faculty who recently have signed the Strategic Defense Initiative Statement of Nonparticipation. The Strategic Defense Initiative (popularly known as Star Wars or 5.D.1.) is a Trojan horse. S.D.I. is not technically feasible; it will escalate the nuclear arms race by spurring the development of additional Soviet offensive weapons and competition in anti-ballistic missile systems; and, it will undermine existing arms control agreements and future negotiations. We agree strongly with faculty members who have stated that “the program is a step toward the type of weapons and strategy likely to trigger a nuclear holocaust… The S.D.I. program represents not an advance toward genuine security, but rather a major step backwards.” The Administration needs our university faculty to research this dubious “defense” program. Many in Congress are looking to prestigious institutions to gauge support for S.D.I. Participation inevitably would contribute to political acceptance of this misguided and dangerous program. We commend the many Columbia science and engineering faculty members who have already pledged neither to accept S.D.I. support nor work on projects funded by S.D.I. These faculty members realize that they are in a position of great leverage, and the time has come to use that leverage to influence positively our national security policy. We urge other faculty members to join them in this pledge.