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Yaliban?

By on 3.2.06 | 3:29PM

So the Taliban's former deputy foreign secretary, one Rahmatulla Hashemi, is now enrolled at Yale. Which, of course, doesn't allow ROTC on campus. Nice to know how Yale lines up in the war.

A few questions occur: First, just how was Hashemi allowed into the country? How does an apparently unrepentant Taliban get a visa? Second, are there any others like him running loose? Third, does anybody at the Department of Homeland Security have anything to say about the answers to the first two questions?

Mr. Hashemi is quoted as saying, "I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale.” What luck do other terrorists have getting here? And -- if we close Gitmo as Tony Blair, Kofi and the rest of the Kidz want us to do -- how many more will be admitted to Yale, Hahvahd and Princeton? And what scholarships will be available to them?

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