Beyond irony

Scott’s been doing a great job keeping up with the “God and Taliban at Yale” story. The student in question is Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban. I wonder whether Rahmatullah worked with Wakil Mattawakil, the Taliban’s foreign minister. It was Mattawakil who defended public executions at a soccer stadium, including the execution of women and children. Mattawakil responded to questions about conducting public executions at facility built by the international community for sports by saying that if the international community would build the Taliban a place suitable for public executions it would stop using the soccer stadium.
Scott did not miss what he called the irony of Yale attempting to keep the U.S. military off its campus for not sufficiently embracing gays, while at the same time admitting a former official of a regime that executed people for alleged moral corruption.
Yale’s behavior illustrates how bankrupt academic liberalism has become. Other than deeply-rooted anti-Americanism, I can think of no coherent theory that would justify admitting a former Taliban official as a Yale student while not permitting the U.S. military to talk to Yale students on campus.


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