March 09, 2006

The Three T's


FIRST PANEL: From The Wall Street Journal: Taliban Man at Yale by John Fund. (via TIA Daily)

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, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban, is now a student at Yale while at the same time the school continues to block ROTC training from its campus and argues for the right of its law school to exclude military recruiters. King George's troops played the music to "The World Turned Upside Down" as they surrendered at Yorktown. Perhaps the Ivy League should adopt that tune as they surrender all vestiges of common sense.

Yale's decision to admit Mr. Rahmatullah is particularly jarring given constant reminders of the Taliban's crimes -- both past and present. Last week, as President Bush visited democratic Afghanistan, its TV news aired fresh footage of beheaded bodies being paraded through a street. The men had been murdered because they opposed local Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists.

Last week I described Mr. Rahmatullah's remarkable visit to The Wall Street Journal's offices in the spring of 2001. After a meeting in which he defended the Taliban's treatment of women and said he hadn't seen any evidence that their "guest" Osama bin Laden was a terrorist, I felt I had looked into the face of evil.

Searching the Internet, I found a March 2001 interview with Mr. Rahmatullah in which he defends the destruction of the Buddha statues and strict Islamic law in Afghanistan -- including forcing men to grow beards and women to wear burqas. Ironically, "Taliban" means "students" in Persian.

SECOND PANEL: From CNN: Teacher who compared Bush and Hitler put on leave.

A high school social studies teacher who was put on leave after comparing President Bush's State of the Union address to speeches made by Adolf Hitler defended his lecture on Tuesday, saying he was trying to encourage students to think.

"My job as a teacher is to challenge students to think critically about issues that are affecting our world and our society," Jay Bennish said on NBC's "Today Show."

Bennish is on paid leave from Overland High School in suburban Aurora while Cherry Creek School District investigates whether his Feb. 1 lecture violated a policy requiring that balancing viewpoints be presented in classes. ...

On the recording, Bennish told the students that some of Bush's speech "sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler used to say. We're the only ones who are right, everyone else is backwards and our job is to conquer the world and make sure that they all live just like we want them to."

Later in the recording, Bennish said he was not claiming Bush and Hitler were the same, "but there are some eerie similarities to the tones that they use."

Michell Malkin has extensive coverage of the story:
How To Fight The Brainwashers
Unhinged Teacher Caught On Tape

And Nicholas Provenzo at The Rule of Reason blog has some good commentary:
The Jay Bennish 'Diatribe as Geography' update
Bennish adopts the Marion Barry defense

THIRD PANEL: From CNN: Accused: Campus crash was 'to spread will of Allah'.

A University of North Carolina graduate from Iran, accused of running down nine people on campus to avenge the treatment of Muslims, said at a hearing Monday that he was "thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah."

At about the same time, UNC students held what they called an "anti-terrorism" rally on the Chapel Hill campus.

Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar was accused of driving a sport utility vehicle through The Pit, a popular campus gathering spot, injuring nine people Friday. None of the victims was seriously hurt.

Police Chief Derek Poarch said Taheri-azar told investigators he intentionally hit people to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world."

Taheri-azar appeared in Orange County District Court in nearby Hillsborough. He was assigned a public defender, but said after the hearing: "The truth is my lawyer."

Taheri-azar, 22, was charged with nine counts of attempted murder and nine counts of assault. His bail was set at $5.5 million.

Again, Malkin has extensive coverage of this issue:
Jihad in N.C.: MSM Whitewash
Tar Heel Terrorist: "Eye for An Eye"
Tar Heel Terrorist: Allah's Will

UPDATE-- March 10: Malkin has the latest.

Posted by Forkum at March 9, 2006 06:04 PM