Finally, it should be emphasized that Yale was not simply applying ideological neutrality when they decided to accept Hashemi. They actually chose to take him because of his Taliban experience rather than in spite of it. As then-Yale Admissions Dean Richard Shaw admitted, Hashemi was accepted because of his "personal accomplishments that had significant impact" (see above link). Given that Hashemi was in his early twenties at the time and had never done anything else with "significant impact," this is clearly a reference to his time with the Taliban. Even if Yale chooses not to ban applicants who worked for the Taliban, it should at least not count Taliban experience as a point in their favor.It's a strange world we're living in when something so obvious requires pointing out, isn't it? Thousands of far more deserving young men and women throughout the world are rejected by Yale every year, but an ex-spokesman for religious tyranny is invited to New Haven on the very basis of his playing the apologist for obscurantist fanaticism and oppression: one could scarcely imagine a Yale admitee less in tune with the college's ostensible mission than this one, who will almost certainly go on to use his Yale caché to perpetuate the sort of barbarism which won him admission to begin with, where others might have gone on to do great things for science or literature, or at the very worst become upper-middle class professionals making their modest contributions to human welfare. If I were a Yale graduate, I'd be feeling deeply ashamed of my alma mater right now.