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Full Circle at Yale

10 March, 2008

By Anwaar Hussain

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Yale University is an awesome institution. For the academic year 2006-2007 for example, Yale was having on its campus over 13000 undergraduate, graduate and international students. Yale has 275 Campus buildings and its library holds 12.5 million volumes. With an endowment of $22.5 billion, its operating budget of $1.96 billion for the last academic year surpassed that of many small African countries. The university boasts of a faculty of 3,384 members and 1874 international scholars.

About to join this august assemblage is a man much involved in global events of the recent past. He will be teaching a course on faith and globalization at the schools of management and divinity at Yale. His name is Tony Blair, the ex- Prime Minister of United Kingdom. The university was ‘pleased’ to appoint him as the Howland Distinguished Fellow for the next academic year.

While the university was ‘pleased’ to make this announcement, it failed to tell us that this future Howland Distinguished Fellow is also a confirmed liar, an abettor of mass murder, torture and rape and is a prosecutable war criminal.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint this man who has co-chaired the exercise of most barefaced lying to justify imperialist subjugation, ignoring of the popular will and implementing corporate-backed neo-conservative agenda conceived and hatched by a group of people once called ‘sickos’ in the US State Department.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint a man who was elected as a moderate social democrat yet when faced with the biggest march in UK history against Iraq war, ignored it with right royal contempt.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint this lying wonder of a man whose lies, from claims that Saddam had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction that he could launch within 45 minutes to promoting Neoconish slogans of “liberating” and “democratizing” Iraq, now stand fully exposed for all and sundry.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint this monster of a ‘public servant’ who co-authored the brutal invasions and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and the resultant indiscriminate killing of women and children.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint this comic sidekick of a US president whose administration did actually authorize the organized torture of innocent civilians in the Iraqi jails.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint this clownish helper of the murderous thieves who is now not known as a European leader of some acclaim but a miserable poodle of his American masters.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint this chameleon of a man with a deadly gift of gab who has now been proven to be a great deceiver, a past master at selling half lies and half truths, schooled rather in the art of never admitting, yet not categorically denying whose moralizing and lofty rhetoric was nothing but the lamb talk of a wolf.

Yale is ‘pleased’ to appoint this warmonger and certifiable war criminal who could be easily prosecuted under the declaration of the Nuremberg Tribunal;

“To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

(Ironically, the above quoted declaration too is published on the website of the university that today is ‘pleased’ to allow this war criminal to teach its students; Yale’s.)

And Yale is ‘pleased’ to allow this double-faced agent of corporate globalism to sell God and politics to young impressionable minds at its campus.

Yale is probably ‘pleased’ because it has finally come full circle. Elihu Yale, with whose initial donation the first Yale building came up and from whom Yale gets its name, too was a person of dubious standing. He was a man who cheated his own masters, the British East India Company. As second governor of settlement at Madras, he amassed a fortune in his lifetime largely through illegal contracts with the city merchants, against his masters’ directives. He was finally removed unceremoniously from his office for this repeated flouting of East India Company regulations.

Elihu Yale’s regime was unpopular and led to several revolts by Indians, which were brutally quelled by his soldiers. Yale was also notorious for arresting and trying Indians on his own private authority, including the hanging of a stable boy who had absconded with a Company horse.

And oh yes, Yale is also the former university of Tony Blair’s good old friend George Walker Bush, the forty-third and current President of the United States of America.

The scribe is ‘pleased’ to announce that Tony Blair is indeed about to join his true alma mater.

Yale is ‘pleased’, huh!

Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain

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