On then to McCarthy’s penultimate paragraph, in which he expresses his admiration for soldiers everywhere:
To oppose ROTC, as I have since my college days in the 1960s, when my school enticed too many of my classmates into joining, is not to be anti-soldier. I admire those who join armies, whether America’s or the Taliban’s: for their discipline, for their loyalty to their buddies and to their principles, for their sacrifices to be away from home.
See there, Mr. U.S. Marine Captain — McCarthy doesn’t hate you. Why, he thinks you’re every bit as respectable as a Taliban.
McCarthy concludes with this:
ROTC and its warrior ethic taint the intellectual purity of a school, if by purity we mean trying to rise above the foul idea that nations can kill and destroy their way to peace. If a school such as Harvard does sell out to the military, let it at least be honest and add a sign at its Cambridge front portal: Harvard, a Pentagon Annex.
And I’ll conclude with this.That is the warrior ethic, Mr. McCarthy — and Harvard could stand a good deal more of it.
To borrow a phrase, people like Colman McCarthy aren't for 'peace'; they're on the other side.