April 05, 2006

Nail Yale

If you read anything today, READ THIS.

Yale has refused to acknowledge that its decision to admit an official of the Taliban, a brutal, nightmarish regime with which America is still at war, was a drastic mistake in judgment.

The damage done to Yale’s reputation may be irreparable. Yet the University releases only minimal information and instructs even its tour guides not to answer questions on the subject. Rather than taking responsibility for its mistake, or engaging its critics in a principled debate about the decision, Yale decided to batten down the hatches and weather the storm.

That was mistake number two.
Yale is accountable to its trustees who make up the Yale Corporation. Yale’s decisions reflect on them. Recently the Corporation decided, for sound moral reasons, that the University should divest all holdings in companies operating in Sudan. In doing so, it said that the companies involved in propping up the Sudanese government were committing a “grave social injury”. But the injuries of the Taliban are also grave, and they are ongoing.
The Yale Corporation meets, as far as I can tell, around April 13-14. Let’s make certain they’ve been briefed about this issue, and the damage it has done to Yale’s reputation.

This animal, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, has no business walking as a free man in this country--or anywhere else. Even he knows it:
"I'm the luckiest person in the world," he told the New York Times. "I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale."

It's an outrage, a disgrace. Go here for contact information for the Yale Corporation members, and sign this petition.

Please at least send a few email messages.

Please keep your letters, faxes, and e-mails polite, crisp, and under two paragraphs. They won’t read more than that anyway. We are asking that Mr. Hashemi be sent home, and that Yale apologize for bringing him here.

C/P from MVRWC

Posted by Beth at April 5, 2006 09:59 AM | TrackBack

This would be my much simpler if Sayad had actually committed a crime. But as far as I can see... he hasn't actually done anything illegal personally. He is a former - though still proud of it - taliban official. Thats all. No murders, no personally ordered terrorist attacks. He hasn't had any meetings with Bin Larden. He just happened to work for a deposed government. Not exactly a paragon of virtue, but legally not a criminal. He doesn't even have any good inteligence - if he did, the CIA would have him locked up somewhere long ago. That suggests to me he wasn't a very high-up official.

So, his only 'crime' is losing a war. Sorry, but you cant throw someone out of a university on the grounds of 'we dont like your former bosses.' No matter how bad the bosses were.

Posted by: Suricou Raven at April 5, 2006 05:13 PM

I think Yale's done a fine job serving the American spirit. Mr. Hashemi should be urged on, do his grad work at Yale, probably in transportation, then proceed to run NYC's Transit Authority or the Port Authority. It'd suit his skills since he already knows a lot about both.

Posted by: Alex Mason at May 4, 2006 11:49 AM