- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 6, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Kudos to Yale for finding a way to make this book so much more effective as a teaching tool (“Mohammad and man at Yale,” Editorial, Monday). Any student who even flips through it will learn far more than he would have if Yale had the courage or academic integrity to reproduce the controversial cartoons themselves.

Here are some prime lessons: First, in the global struggle against Islamic terrorism, academia can be expected to demonstrate cowardice and justify it with claims that they are preventing further harm to innocents. Second, petro dollars can be used to buy the silence or tacit support of even the most prestigious institutions. Third, America’s academic elite see the “Muslim street” as incapable of demonstrating Western levels of rational and clear-headed thinking. Fourth, heavy-handed threats and intimidation will be useful tools for radicals in the future.

All credit goes to Yale’s pedagogical experts for creating what will be an academic triumph in the effort to teach people about radical Islamism and the West’s response to it.

JON PELSON

Great Falls


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