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03/06/2006 11:37 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Why Did Yale Admit an Unrepentant Former Taliban Official?

I fear something very wrong is going on at Ivy League colleges that should concern liberals, conservatives and moderates. Don't believe me? Listen to Alan Dershowitz, a noted Harvard liberal and frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and noted feminist Camille Paglia.

Last month, Harvard President Larry Summers, a former Clinton cabinet secretary, was forced to resign. Dershowitz called Summers a victim of "an academic coup d'etat by...the die-hard left of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences." Today, Camille Paglia has a searing piece in the New York Times saying that "corruption and cronyism" have become "systemic" in American higher education. She says humanities professors have fallen "under the sway of a ruthless guild mentality."

They are also following political correctness in truly strange new directions. Yale is giving a first-class education to a former high offiicial with the Taliban, 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. Yale isn't talking.

To answer an obvious question : No, Sayd Rahmatullah Hashemi hasn't sincerely repented his views. The evidence is an eye-opening: article he wrote late last year in which he refers to Israel as "an American Al Queda" and says the Taliban "honestly practiced what they had learned in their religious schools. They did what they had been taught to do. Whether what they had been taught was good or bad is another subject." See my piece.

"In some ways," Rahmatullah told the New York Times. "I'm the luckiest person in the world. I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale."

Shouldn't people of good will, both left and right, ask both Yale and the Bush State Department that issued his student visa if something is wrong with this?