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February 28, 2006

Taliban Spokesman A Yale Student

Jihadi Turns Bulldog
Opinion Journal .....entire article
The Taliban's former spokesman is now a Yale student. Anyone see a problem with that?

Never has an article made me blink with astonishment as much as when I read in yesterday's New York Times magazine that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. This is taking the obsession that U.S. universities have with promoting diversity a bit too far.

Something is very wrong at our elite universities. Last week Larry Summers resigned as president of Harvard when it became clear he would lose a no-confidence vote held by politically correct faculty members furious at his efforts to allow ROTC on campus, his opposition to a drive to have Harvard divest itself of corporate investments in Israel, and his efforts to make professors work harder. Now Yale is giving a first-class education to an erstwhile high official in one of the most evil regimes of the latter half of the 20th century--the government that harbored the terrorists who attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001.

"In some ways," Mr. Rahmatullah told the New York Times. "I'm the luckiest person in the world. I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale." One of the courses he has taken is called Terrorism-Past, Present and Future.

Many foreign readers of the Times will no doubt snicker at the revelation that naive Yale administrators scrambled to admit Mr. Rahmatullah. The Times reported that Yale "had another foreigner of Rahmatullah's caliber apply for special-student status." Richard Shaw, Yale's dean of undergraduate admissions, told the Times that "we lost him to Harvard," and "I didn't want that to happen again."

And look at this too from the article..............

As for Osama bin Laden, Mr. Rahmatullah called the Saudi fugitive a "guest" of his government and said it hadn't been proved that bin Laden was linked to any terrorist acts, despite his indictment in the U.S. for planning the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He said that if the embassy bombings were terrorist acts, then so was the Clinton administration's firing cruise missiles into his country in an attempt to kill bin Laden. "You killed 19 innocent people," he told us.


Wild Thing's comment.......
In order to get a student visa, the person has to have an I-20 from a school or university, a document that says that he has been accepted to study there.
Yale issued the Taliban ambassador that I-20, and the State Department issued the student visa.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 28, 2006 12:07 AM

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Perhaps the first tactical nukes we use in the WOT should be dropped on the State Dept, liberal universities and the NY Times. Destroy the seditious first, then kill the combatants.

Posted by: TomR at February 28, 2006 12:20 PM

Tom, I wish something would be done about this. grrrr! Thank you for commenting.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 28, 2006 12:50 PM

Yale is about forty miles from here. The university is the pretty glass eye in the skull of New Haven, a declining, shabby town known only for Yale and crime and crazies and corruption and gangs.

This has been going at Yale since the 1960's. The New Haven Green, the town's version of Central Park (most New England towns have them, large and small) was where Joe Lieberman hugged Jane Fonda, where the Black Panthers freely ranted and raved to cheers (while elsewhere torturing Alex Rackley to death...they dumped him near where I was living at the time), where Jim Morrisson dropped his drawers, and where every nutjob lefty from Angela Davis to John Kerry ranged free without restraints or questioning.

Don't worry about it. No one takes Yale Liberal Arts idiots seriously anymore except former alumni, a few hundred misfits in attendance and the insane. Better to have them at Yale than roaming the streets. At least we know what they're doing and where they are.

Posted by: Rhod at February 28, 2006 07:07 PM

Thanks Rhod, good point too about knowing what they are doing and where they are.

Thank you for commenting!

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 28, 2006 07:36 PM

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