Monday, April 03, 2006

What Does He Believe?

John Fund of the Wall Street Journal may be getting somewhere with his campaign against the ex-Taliban spokesman who's attending Yale, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi. Enrolling a former minister for the Taliban is like enrolling a former Nazi official,Fund says. Tuesday the Yale Daily News ran an editorial complaining that little is known about what Rahmatullah really believes, beyond vague assurances that he is "thinking about change" in his home country.What kind of change? He didn't say....Read More>>>.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Taliban At Yale and Harvard?

Yale is taking flak for making a student out of an ex-Taliban spokesman. Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi once toured America defending the hideous regime that pulled out women's fingernails for the "crime" of wearing nail polish. The Taliban also barred girls from school, banned women from working, stoned adulterers to death and used its soccer....Read More>>>.

Isolated At Yale

In the past three weeks, no Yale story garnered more press than that of Rahmatullah Hashemi, the former spokesman for the Taliban's foreign minister who currently attends classes here at the University. But amid the firestorm of debate that has swirled around the 27-year-old special-degree student, we have not heard enough from Hashemi himself, and the extremely limited comments of Yale officials lead us to....Read More>>>.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Editorial Re "Nail Yale"

The former Taliban envoy who once described Osama bin Laden as "a good guy" hasn’t been talking publicly since The New York Times profiled his new life as a special student at Yale. Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the former personal adviser to Mullah Omar, the fugitive Taliban leader, plans to apply for admission as a regular student this spring. Yale has not had much to say either since the news of Hashemi’s presence broke in February, except to apologize to Yale alumni....Read More>>>.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Letter To Yale

And here is a letter Yale grad Debbie Bookstaber (Yale '00 BA/MA) sent to Yale president Richard Levin that hits the nail on the head:

Dear Mr. Levin,
My name is Debbie Bookstaber (Yale `00 BA/MA). I've volunteered as an ASC Interviewer every year since graduation.

Over the years, I've seen so many qualified students denied admission to Yale. While I was saddened to see these heartbroken students rejected, I understood that Yale just didn't have enough spots for all the amazing valedictorians with excellent SATs, impressive extracurriculars and an admirable history of community service.

You can imagine my shock when I read in the Wall Street Journal that Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. He has a "fourth-grade education and a high-school equivalency degree," but Yale was impressed that he "pulled down a 3.33 grade-point average" in a special students program. Judging from all the students I've seen rejected by Yale, a perfect 4.0 average isn't impressive enough to guarantee admission or even a wait-list spot, yet Yale was convinced that a 3.33 (a B+) was an adequate demonstration of academic talent? Since when has a B+ been considered impressive according to Yale's admissions standards?

My husband (David Bookstaber, Yale `99 and Captain, USAF) went to Yale on a ROTC scholarship. As an ROTC cadet, he had to commute over an hour to UCONN because Yale would not allow ROTC on campus. This was reportedly due to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy the military uses to exclude homosexuals from serving openly. Even efforts to allow the military to recruit on campus in order to comply with the Solomon Amendment were met by fevered protests by many Yale students/professors as being inconsistent with Yale's standards of tolerance.

The last time I checked, the US military doesn't kill anyone for being a homosexual. Nor would any soldier-on-soldier hate crime ever be tolerated. On the other hand, the Taliban advocated murdering any homosexual and anyone else they felt violated their version of Islam. So ROTC isn't acceptable because it offends Yale's standards, but a Taliban leader who condones the Taliban's policy of brutally killing homosexuals and stoning women for not wearing a burka should be recruited lest Harvard win his matriculation?

Apparently when you combine a sub-par 4th grade education, a B+ college average in a special program, and a job history as a spokesperson for a regime that hates America, destroys priceless Buddhas, oppresses women, stones homosexuals, and enforces brutal sharia law in violation of UN Human Rights agreements, you have the magic formula for admission to Yale. Next time I get a phone call from a high school senior in tears over Yale's rejection, I'll tell them to visit a local museum and blow up some sacred Buddhas, stone a homosexual or threaten to beat his/her mother to death if she refuses to wear a burka.

Thank you very much for helping me understand Yale Admissions.

Yours sincerely,
Debbie Bookstaber (Yale `00)

Join the protest and send a box of nails to Yale.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Liberals Abandon Their Own Goals

One striking aspect of this controversy is the reaction from Yale's liberal community. Della Sentilles, a Yale senior, denounced such manifestations of rampant misogyny at Yale as the shortage of tenured female professors and poor childcare options. On her blog, a reader asked Sentilles about the presence at Yale of a former spokesman for one of the world's most misogynistic regimes. Her reply: "As a white American feminist, I do not feel comfortable making statements or judgments about other cultures, especially statements that suggest one culture is more sexist and repressive than another. American feminism is often linked to and manipulated by the state in order to further its own imperialist ends."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Educating the Taliban at Yale

IMAGINE IF you were in college and found out that the guy next to you in class had worked as a propagandist for one of the most oppressive regimes of modern times....Read More>>>.

Are there no limits to how arrogant and out-of-touch America's Ivy League schools can get? Last week it emerged that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi...Read More>>>.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Nails for Yale

The admission of Taliban official Sayeed Rahmatullah Hashemi to a special student program at Yale has outraged Yale Alumni and the public at large. One emailer who protested the admission said the following - "I won’t give Yale one red cent this year, but maybe I will give them a red fingernail instead!"

She was referring to the Taliban’s policy of pulling the fingernails off of Afghani women who dared to wear fingernail polish. Some of these women even had their thumbs sliced off as punishment. To date, Mr. Rahmatullah has not apologized or taken responsibility for his support of this brutal regime, though he told the Times he wished he’d been "a little bit softer" in his advocacy.

If you’d like to show your outrage at Yale’s decision to admit the Taliban’s spokeman, join me as well as others in "giving Yale the finger." It would be disgusting– not to mention really painful — to mail your own fingernails, but you can buy glamorous, decadent, shameless-hussy-scarlet press-on nails (ask for "nail tips") from any drug store or beauty shop. They’re cheap; a box costs about $5.00.

Send them to the following along with a polite (or not-so-polite) email or letter explaining what you think of their decision to admit Rahmatullah:

Richard Shaw
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Yale University New Haven, CT 06520

Alexis Surovov email: alexis.surovov@yale.edu
Asst Dir of Annual Giving Programs
( This nice guy called people retarded for expressing disagreement with Yale. )

What’s more, you can also send a nice red fake nail or ten to Yale’s president at:

President Richard C. Levin
Woodbridge Hall
Yale University
New Haven Connecticut 06520
email: richard.levin@yale.edu

Taliban At Yale

If anyone wants an example of how some of our universities have lost their moral compass, you only need to look to Yale University. It seems that this so called "elite" university saw fit to admit to its freshmen class a former Taliban spokesman, 27-year-old Sayyid Rahmatullah Hashemi. He served as a diplomat for the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Richard Shaw, Yale's dean of undergraduate admissions, is quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying that ..."Yale had another foreigner of Rahmatullah's caliber apply for special-student status."We lost him to Harvard," and "I didn't want that to happen again." What???? What kind of caliber student are we talking about? This man was the spokesman for a fanatical regime that hated Jews, killed many people, destroyed ancient archeological artifacts, subjugated women, and welcomed Usama bin Laden to its country.

He in an interview with John Fund of The Wall Street Journal in 2001 was an apologist for the Taliban and its regime. He said in the interview that Usama bin Laden was " a "guest" of his government and said it hadn't been proved that bin Laden was linked to any terrorist acts, despite his indictment in the U.S. for planning the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He said that if the embassy bombings were terrorist acts, then so was the Clinton administration's firing cruise missiles into his country in an attempt to kill bin Laden. "You killed 19 innocent people," he told us. " This imbecile showed his true character when at a speech for the Atlantic Council..." Mr. Rahmatullah was confronted by a woman in the audience who lifted the burkha she was wearing and chastised him for the Taliban's infamous treatment of women. "You have imprisoned the women--it's a horror, let me tell you," she cried. Mr. Rahmatullah responded with a sneer: "I'm really sorry to your husband. He might have a very difficult time with you."

As Mr. Fund states in his article..."he willingly and cheerfully served an evil regime in a manner that would have made Goebbels proud. That he was 22 at the time is little of an excuse. There are many poor, bright students--American and foreign alike--who would jump at the opportunity to attend Yale. Why should Mr. Rahmatullah go to the line ahead of all of them? That's a question Yale alumni should ask when their alma mater comes looking for contributions."How about Yale admitting a woman that was subjugated by the Taliban? I guess that did not cross the mind of Mr. Shaw as he admitted this former Taliban.