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Yale Taliban

I’ve been reading John Fund’s pieces--here’s the latest--on the former Taliban official Yale was so eager to admit, as well as the NYT Magazine piece that started the furor.

I think that it’s possible for people to change and to repent and for education to play a role in that process. Has he repented? The evidence is unclear. Can or will Yale change him or help him change? Perhaps, though many of the 9-11 hijackers had spent lots of time and been educated in the West. And of course, given the picture of America and the West painted by many on elite campuses, it’s not clear that the result of a Yale education would be to help him to appreciate or understand the things we hold dear.

In sum, it’s not clear to me that the national interest is served by his sojourn at Yale. Bringing him to Ashland, now that’s another story.

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