Letter to the Editor of the Austin-American
On November 16, 2003,
the Austin-American Statesman ran a book review by Kip Keller that
claimed a report by the Project for the New American Century advocated
the use of genetically targeted biological weaponry. Mr. Keller further
suggested that individuals with ties to PNAC endorsed "genocide."
asked the Austin-American Statesman to correct the assertion that
our report advocates biological warfare or genocide in any way, shape,
or form. The Statesman refused to issue a correction, arguing that
in the context of the PNAC report as a whole, it is somehow ambiguous
whether the sentence in question proposes the use of biological weapons
with genocidal potential. But there is no evidence in the report to support
the Statesman's assertion:
1. The report only
makes reference to development of biological weapons within a discussion
of worldwide trends.
2. The specific context of the quotation cited in the Statesman
addresses methods of warfare U. S. forces may face, not items or actions
3. Not one of the report's recommendations suggests that biological
weapons should be developed, let alone used.
We submitted a letter
to the paper's editor, which follows.
To the editor:
Re: Kip Keller's
Nov. 16 book review, "Eugenics Not Limited to Nazi Germany."
accusation that a report by the Project for the New American Century
proposes "a sort of 'gene bomb'" and advocates "extermination
of a specific ethnic group" is both disgusting and utterly false.
The quotation about biological warfare Keller cites in support of his
claim comes from a section of the report ("Rebuilding America's
Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century") that
outlines various threats the U. S. military may confront in the future.
At the end of the section on potential threats for which the U. S. must
be prepared, the report states the following:
systems will become an important focus of attack, particularly for U.S.
enemies seeking to short-circuit sophisticated American forces. And
advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes
may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically
useful tool." (p. 60)
The fact that Keller
would not only selectively use a quotation from the report without providing
appropriate context but also then accuse people of supporting "genocide"
is truly appalling.
Kip Keller's article
in the Austin-American Statesman is available here.
The September 2000 PNAC Report, "Rebuilding
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