Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Problems at Yale

If you don't follow happenings at other universities, then you might not realize that Yale has found itself embroiled in a PR fiasco.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, as well as other locations, Yale has admitted as a "special student" one Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi. If you're not familiar with the name, he was the Deputy Foreign Secretary to the Taliban. Yes, that Taliban, the one we displaced in Afghanistan, the one we're still fighting in Afghanistan, the same one that would ban the flying of kites, prevent women over age 8 from being educated, and execute gay men by crushing them under a brick wall.

Yale was proud to have this "model" student. Apparently, some of its students are proud to have him there as well. Unfortunately, in the face of criticism for having him there, Yale has not reacted well. One administrator referred to a critic as "retarded," but mainly the school has kept stony silence on the issue.

This wouldn't seem so bad, except Yale has also refused to participate in the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, a program for providing free American (university) educations to Afghan women so as to bring reform and change to that blighted land. Some people might call it hypocritical. Whatever you call it, things don't look good for Yale right now.

Yale isn't make life better for itself with its coming coziness with China.

Has Yale completely abandoned any pretense of rational support for Western Values? What on Earth are people thinking there?

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