Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Two Degrees of Seperation: Bush and Bin Laden

"Ex-Taliban Spokesman Now a Yale Student"

A former spokesman for the Taliban, Rahmatullah Hashemi, has enrolled as a student at America’s prestigious Yale University where he has taken a class on terrorism, The New York Times Magazine reported on Sunday.

The ex-Taliban spin doctor and “roving ambassador”, who has spent time in the presence of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, is now a Yale freshman improving his English through a special non-degree programme.

Hashemi, who once publicly defended the Taliban, told the magazine, however, that he started having serious doubts about its harsh moral codes as early as 1998 when women were being lashed with leather strips and executions were occurring in Kabul’s football stadium....

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Blogger Pen Ultimate said...

Good for Yale! They've admitted someone who is clearly intelligent, curious about the world, capable of doing the work, and eager to learn. If you read the NY Times article about the man, you'll learn that he never fought against the US - in fact, all he ever had was desk jobs. He became disenchanted with the Taliban long ago, and is now absorbing all the knowledge a great university has to offer. There is no doubt that his experience studying at Yale will change the man, and it is quite likely that he will return to Afghanistan after he finishes his degree and make his country a better place because of his experiences here.

Lux et veritas = light and truth. Way to go, Yale!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Robo said...

And we agree with you completely. We've mentioned several times that the United States needs to get as many students from all over the world (especially the Middle East) to study.

We gree with you a hundred percent!

9:19 PM  

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