Wednesday, March 01, 2006
What, you say? Are we not at war with the Taliban? Should he not be a POW or Detained Unlawful Combatant or something at GITMO?
Separately, you may ask, have the Yale people lost their farookin' minds?
I would like to suggest our military visit the Yale campus, which is harboring a Taliban combatant, and they "capture" him before Yale decides to make him their senior class speaker or some similar bit of lunacy. They may want to explore similar treatment for the head of admissions. And I might also suggest that Yale alums who care about our troops, who continue to fight in Afghanistan, stop contributing to the endowment.
UPDATE: Opinion Journal's John Fund is on the case. H/T Power Line
Tigerhawk, you are normally rational and I agree with most of what you write. But not this time.
The man in question was 22 when the Taliban was ousted and no one has any evidence of him being anything other than someone the Taliban used as a spokesman because he spoke English well. As far as anyone knows he never took up arms against the US. To that end, there should be some measure of "forgive and forget", especially when one considers the propoganda coup the US could reap when this man goes home and tells his fellow Afghans just how good life in the US really is. As with the children of Chinese politburo members, there is an advantage to educating people who would be our enemies here in the United States: they invariably go home loving their time in the US and acting as voices of moderation when more extreme elements froth at the mouth about us. You're simply wrong on this one.
When will this end:
Dozens Killed in Iraq Violence
Joe in NYC -- In fairness, you may not have noticed that the writer of the post with which you disagreed was not TH, it was CardinalPark. CP is occasionally more strident and less agreeable than TH.
I appreciate your sense of congeniality towards the young, misguided Taliban spokesman. Read john fund's piece please and decide for yourself how apologetic he is. Furthermore, I would again ask you to reconsider the notion that we continue to be at war with the Taliban. The enemy may someday be forgiven (though actions must never be forgotten). But that is left for a time when the enemy is no longer at war with you. The Taliban is still at war with us. They are still kiling our troops in Afghanistan. Their leader has not surrendered. No unconditional surrender documents have been signed.
For all we know, this young Taliban spokesman is a spy. In plain sight. It is among the most absurd things I have ever hear of to be honest. It speaks to the fact that, obviously, you and the folks at Yale, and many other universities, do not understand that WE ARE AT WAR. The enemy would still like to kill you.
I will be happy to forgive when Islamism and all of its oppressive features, its intolerance of others, its murderous political theology, its ambition to form an islamic caliphate, its reliance on the murder of civilians has been thoroughly renounced by its current practitioners. I will be equally happy to see its practitioners dead or imprisoned. This fellow meets the standard. He was their Goebbels.
Joe makes a good point. But if we are to "forgive and forget" would it not also be proper for this former spokesman for the Taliban to renounce those prior ties and announce some change in perspective and affiliation? If he wanted to make ammends he could start now. Give him a microphone and let him broadcast to his fellow Afghans "just how good life in the US really is" starting today. If he's willing, we should be too. And if he's not, then maybe he doesn't really deserve this chance at a new and better life after all.
I think the propaganda angle is way off. The 9/11 hijackers lived among us and experienced the US way of life and were simply better able to blend in to carry out their attacks. The Taliban rejects western values out of choice, not ignorance.
How did the guy get into the country?
My thoughts exactly. Forget about whether he goes to Yale or Harvard -- what the heck is he doing still in the country more than four years after 9/11??
If he can prove to the FBI, CIA, etc. that he is no longer a spy threat, and it is safe to leave him here on a visa or whatever, then fine -- he can go to any school he wants. But let's have that review first. Please?
This is another goog article about this:
Supreme Court Rules Against Schools in Military Recruiting Case
I hope he is kidding
Bush Presses Guest Worker Program for Illegals
Back to fancy schools like Yale did yah see this
Judge Orders Indicted Duke Lacrosse Player to Trial for Separate Incident