Ms. Pothier says she has been disappointed before by Yale’s handling of the feelings of the families of 9/11 victims. In September 2001, she drove down from Boston to pick up her daughter at Yale for her uncle’s memorial service. She was appalled when her daughter told her about a “town meeting” Yale’s administrators had organized at Battell Chapel on Sept. 16. Its ostensible purpose was to explain the attack’s significance to students.
“She went there to try to understand why her uncle was killed,” Ms. Pothier recalls. “Instead she got something else entirely: the message that the U.S. may be partly to blame.” The six panelists, led by history professor Paul Kennedy and former Clinton State Department official Strobe Talbott, all focused on the “underlying causes” of the attack and our need to understand those who hated America.
You read it here first, “former” top Taliban official Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi will one day be a Yale faculty member. If the current furor prevents that, then he’ll be in the faculty of another university in the USA.
Because nothing makes us feel better inside than knowing that we’re understanding the “underlying causes” of those who want us dead.