Since I sent my email letter-to-the-editor at the Wall Street Journal, I have seen two more articles in that newspaper relating to lack of scholarship and maybe even security in our universities.
On March 23rd on the Opinion Page there was an article entitled Taliban Man at Yale. On Sunday, March 25th, there was yet another editorial about the very same "working paper" from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government by Messrs. John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, about which I first wrote.
It seems that I am not the only one who is bothered by all this. At least, thank G-d for that!
In the Taliban Man at Yale article, it mentions a problem with Columbia University: How does a university with a reputation such as Columbia's allow a megalomaniac dictator like Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi to speak at a conference, even if it is by video?
Qaddafi has, since 1969 when he overtook the Libyan government by revolution, run a decidedly anti-Western fundamentalist Islamic regime. He closed all American military bases, as well as confiscated all Jewish and Italian property in 1970. He is viciously anti-Israel. His country was responsible for the Lockerbie airplane bombing in 1988 in which 259 passengers were murdered, and more on the ground.
This is the kind of role model who is invited to speak at a respectible, 'Ivy League' University?
In addition to that, what do you think is happening at Yale? It has now admitted a new student. Let us now welcome (drum roll, please!) Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large of the famous-for-their-intolerance-and-viciousness-Taliban from Afghanistan!
Yes, you've heard of them - aren't they the ones who (in their great tolerance of other religions) dynamited those ancient fourth-century 55-meter high statues of Buddha carved into the Afghanistan rocks? Did they not just threaten a Moslem convert to Christianity, with death?? (I just heard, probably because of the uproar from the rest of the world, that the death sentence was rescinded. How compassionate of them, don't you think?)
This same former-ambassador-turned-student apparently, according to the Wall Street Journal, wrote an essay last year in which he referred to Israel as "an American al-Qaeda" with designs on Arab countries. He also is quoted as having said that he "could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay." Instead, he ended up in Taliban U. - er, I mean - Yale!
If you think that's bad enough, it gets worse: the Journal article states a little further down, that this gentleman has "a fourth-grade education and a high school equivalency certificate."
Huh? Am I missing something?!
I am too stupefied to say any more. What do you have to say?
In utter stupefaction,
p.s. check out this website on the same issue: http://onthefencefilms.com/blog/index.php?p=183