John Fund writes:
Never has an article made me blink with astonishment as much as when I read in yesterday’s New York Times magazine that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. This is taking the obsession that U.S. universities have with promoting diversity a bit too far.
Something is very wrong at our elite universities. Last week Larry Summers resigned as president of Harvard when it became clear he would lose a no-confidence vote held by politically correct faculty members furious at his efforts to allow ROTC on campus, his opposition to a drive to have Harvard divest itself of corporate investments in Israel, and his efforts to make professors work harder. Now Yale is giving a first-class education to an erstwhile high official in one of the most evil regimes of the latter half of the 20th century–the government that harbored the terrorists who attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001.
Bash Yale, by all means. But Yale didn’t approve Hashemi’s student visa. That would be the Bush administration’s State Department.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Hashemi’s application?
And speaking of ill-considered, “diversity”-driven admissions policies, did you know that the Diversity Visa Lottery program is still around?
I cover laxity in the student visa vetting process extensively in Invasion. More here:
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