Fw: Eminent physicist refuses to review American colleagues' papers

From: Howard Engelskirchen (hengels@ZOOM-DSL.COM)
Date: Tue Apr 29 2003 - 15:20:34 EDT

> http://www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/042503Amit/042503amit.html
> The building world boycott of the US
> Eminent physicist refuses to review American colleagues' papers
> Reprinted April 25, 2003
> Dr. Daniel Amit: "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."
> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 6:11 AM
> Subject: Review_request AMIT EA8932
> Dr. Daniel Amit
> Univ. di Roma
> La Sapienza
> Ple Aldo Moro 2
> 00185 Roma, ITALY
> Electronic URL-Download Referral from Physical Review E
> Code: EA8932
> Title: Transitions in oscillatory dynamics of two connected neurons with
> excitatory synapses
> Received 08 January 2003
> Dear Dr. Amit:
> We would appreciate your review of this manuscript, which has been
> Submitted to Physical Review E. This message is the COMPLETE REFERRAL.
> No hardcopy will be sent unless requested.
> ------------------------------
> From: "Daniel Amit" <daniel.amit@roma1.infn.it>
> To: "Physical Review E" <pre@ridge.aps.org>
> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 6:11 PM
> Subject: Re: Review_request AMIT EA8932 Roudi
> I will not at this point correspond with any american institution.
> Some of us have lived through 1939.
> ------------------------------
> From: "martin blume" <blume@aps.org>
> To: <daniel.amit@roma1.infn.it>;
> <damita@green.fiz.huji.ac.il>
> Subject: your email to the American Physical Society
> Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 10:31 PM
> Dear Dr. Amit,
> We have received your email with your decision not to review a paper
> for us in light of American actions in the middle east. We recognize
> that
> reviewing manuscripts is a voluntary activity, one that you perform as a
> service to the physics community, and we thank you for your efforts.
> Given the voluntary nature of your participation we of course respect
> your decision to cease, and have made an indication in our database so
> that
> no further papers will be sent to you for review until you inform us
> otherwise.
> We ask, however, that you consider the following in hopes that in the
> not too distant future you will decide to review for us again. We regard
> science as an international enterprise and we do our best to put aside
> political disagreements in the interest of furthering the pursuit of
> scientific matters.
> We have never used other than scientific criteria in judging the
> acceptability of a paper for publication, without regard to the country
> of origin of the author. We have done this even in cases where some of
> us
> have disagreed strongly with the policies of that country, and we will
> continue this practice. We believe it is essential that all parties
> involved make every effort to separate social and political differences
> from their
> participation in scientific research and publication. The pursuit of
> scientific knowledge needs to transcend such issues.
> Sincerely,
> Martin Blume
> Editor-in-Chief
> ------------------------------
> Dear Dr Blume, Editor in Chief
> American Physical Society
> 09.04.2003
> 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 restore the insanity, the self-righteousness and the lack of
> respect for human life (civilian and military) of another race.
> 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 incorrigible.
> 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.
> With regard
> Daniel Amit
> PS I intend to distribute our exchange as much as possible. I authorize
> And pray that you do the same.
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