SIDEBAR: the WSJ reports that the Taliban’s former ambassador-at-large is now studying at Yale on a student visa:
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.
Something is very wrong indeed with the way we think about education; hat tip to Instapundit for the heads-up. How many of us encountered, as I did, Muslim students in college who were majoring in things like nuclear engineering so that they could go home and “fight the infidel?” Silly me… in 1982, I was naive enough to have to ask, “what’s an infidel?”