Monday, February 27, 2006
One was a member of the Taliban, one was a gold medalist for Team USA: Guess which one is NOT Ivy League material?
Winter Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek gave up all of his winnings to charity. His application for Harvard was rejected one month ago.
Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi was a member of the Taliban government. His formal education goes no further than fourth grade. He is now a student at Yale University.
This is what Wall Street Journal's John Fund had to say about Rahmatullah...
But sometimes his humor really backfired. 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."
In his interview with the New York Times, Mr. Rahmatullah, said that if he had to do it all over, he would have been less "antagonistic" in his remarks during his U.S. road tour. "I regret the way I spoke sometimes. Now I would try to be softer. A little bit." Just a little?
Today, when he is asked if Afghanistan would be better off if the Taliban were still in charge, Mr. Rahmatullah, has a mixed answer: "Economically, no. In terms of security, yes. In terms of general happiness, no. In the long-term interests of the country? I don't think so. I think the radicals were taking over and doing crazy stuff. I regret when people think of the Taliban and then think of me--that feeling people have after they know I was affiliated with them is painful to me." Note that the government official who represented the Taliban abroad now claims to have been only "affiliated" with them.
Does anyone take these Ivy League schools seriously, anymore?
1) NYTimes: The Freshman, 2) NY Daily News: Cheek has a heart of gold and 3) OpinionJournal - John Fund on the Trail
Also: Mark Steyn on the West's mixed-up priorities...
Something very remarkable is happening around the globe and, if you want the short version, a Muslim demonstrator in Toronto the other day put it very well: ''We won't stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law.'' Stated that baldly it sounds ridiculous. But, simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law:
But, Francis Fukuyama retorts that "Alarmist Americans have mostly bad advice for Europeans." However, most of Fukuyama's piece agrees with Steyn and others that European elites are refusing to face a horrible problem.
Other opinions: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Closed Cafeteria says you can't make this stuff up, Tinkerty Tonk, Right Wing Sparkle has got it figured out, Sundries Shack is astonished, Royal Flush and Michelle Malkin is all over the Taliban Yalie.