Yale Taliban

Monday, March 06, 2006
"I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale."

So said Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban, who has been admitted as a student at Yale.

This story originally broke on February 26th in the New York Times Magazine. (The article is now behind the TimesSelect barrier and is available for a fee.)
OpinionJournal.com's John Fund has a couple of columns on this subject, here and here.

As Fund points out, Yale continues to block ROTC training from its campus and argues for the right of its law school to exclude military recruiters.

What did Rahmatullah's regime stand for? Hosts for Osama bin Laden and terrorism! Beheadings, amputations, mutilations. etc. And what about women's rights? Not!

And Yale is proud of its catch. 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."

A couple of unanswered questions: (1) Who at the State Department approved Rahmatullah's visa? (2) Who is the other foreigner accepted by Harvard?


Rick Ballard said...

Well, with FAIR v Rumsfeld unaminously decided, maybe Rahmatullah will be recruited to join the ROTC.

David Thomson said...

There are numerous brilliant people who graduated from Yale and Harvard. Only a fool would argue otherwise. Still, these elite institutions are sometimes nothing less than academic whore houses. The vast majority may have their act together, but a powerful leftist minority often sets the agenda. When will the majority have the guts to straighten out the mess?

I am excited over the FAIR v Rumsfeld decision. It appears that John Roberts may be persuading the more liberal justices to think more clearly on these issues. Only a post modernist whack job would even begin to contend that universities have to right to exclude military recruiters based on their First Amendment rights!

Luther McLeod said...

It will be interesting to see how tightly they hold to their values vs. the almighty buck after the "Fair" decision.

Does the decision affect ROTC as well, or just recruiter's?

OTOH, in the interest of equality they may have to find a taliban recruiter, they wouldn't have to go far.

CF said...

I just quickly scanned the opinion. Roberts writes very clearly--what a joy to read.

If you've a high school student at home, you might want to hand it to him/her to read.

There are so few examples of lucid writing these days. And the issues are not so complicated as to be beyond the reach of even a 9th grader.

terrye said...

I have to say I don't find this all that surprising. My understanding is this guy was about 20 or 21 when the Taliban fell and never actually fought. He seems to be the eternal student.

CF said...

The "eternal student" went from fourth grade to Yale. How many people with a fourth grade education and a history of extreme anti-Semitism, misogyny and vicious anti-gay views do you suppose Yale admits?

Barry Dauphin said...

(2) Who is the other foreigner accepted by Harvard?

Vlad the Impaler.

Rick Ballard said...


I was thinking Frank "Allahu Akbar" Bin Laden.

Vlad's a good boy. Just a little misunderstood - his upbringing, you know.

Barry Dauphin said...


That's right. I think Vlad went to Princeton.

chuck said...

Geez guys,

Give him a break. He's young, he hasn't been around much, give him a chance.

How about we kept out the left leaning jews and German refugees back in the thirties. How many here would vote for that? Oh, not so many, eh.