- The Washington Times - Friday, March 3, 2006

Nobles: Maryland state Sen. John Giannetti, for helping out his fellow man who also just happened to be his political rival.

Democracy rarely brings out the best in those who practice it, often pitting friends and countrymen against each other. Once in the pulpit, it can be hard to keep the perspective that no matter how at odds your views are with your opponent’s, in the end you’re both on the same side. And then fate slaps every one awake.

Indeed, fate was on hand Monday night at Maria’s Sicilian Ristorante and Cafe in Annapolis, where Mr. Giannetti had gone to grab a take-out order. In the other room was his Democratic primary challenger, Jim Rosapepe, who had just swallowed a bit more seafood than he could chew. Lurching from his seat, Mr. Rosapepe stumbled into the bar and, as it happened, met Mr. Giannetti, who immediately noticed the tell-tale signs of choking.

“He was hunched over and kind of wheezing,” Mr. Giannetti told The Washington Post. “I had no idea who it was.” But in such moments does it matter? “In one motion, I pushed up with my fist, and out it popped.”

As Timothy Maloney, who was dining with Mr. Rosapepe that night, said, “My first reaction was that God is good. And He has a sense of humor.”

For his quick thinking — and a great feel-good story — Mr. Giannetti is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: Yale University, for admitting a former member of the Taliban, but not the U.S. military.

As a “roving ambassador” for the Taliban, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi had to parrot the strict fundamentalist line before Western audiences. This doesn’t make him a terrorist, but it did at the very least make him a willing employee of one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. Now, he’s a student at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Undoubtedly, Yale admissions officers would agree that Taliban ethos are less than Yale caliber. And the admission of Mr. Hashemi last year brings to mind a thing called redemption. But the very military that extinguished the Taliban, liberated Afghan women and brought democracy, is the military Yale says is below its standards. The Reserve Officer Training Corps is still denied a chapter on Yale’s campus, and Yale has fought allowing military recruiters to come talk to students. Ostensibly, this is because of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy concerning homosexuals. That being the case, does Yale know what Mr. Hashemi’s former employers used to do to homosexuals?

If former members of the Taliban are now prospective students, Yale has no excuse to continue it’s anti-military bias.

For Ivy League hypocrisy, Yale University is the Knave of the week.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide