Thursday, 28 August 2008

Charlie Wilson's Chair

The University of Texas at Austin has announced that they are about to establish a faculty chair in Pakistan Studies named after Charlie Wilson.
I kid you not!
But wait, there's more. Some academics have complained. Wilson does not deserve a chair named after him because (wait for it)...of his "central involvement in the cold war". They sense this may not be reason enough so they've thrown in some pseudo-history for support:
"The mujahideen, while advocating a narrow and extreme version of Islam, were also brutal killers who preyed upon the Afghan people and trafficked heroin to finance their activities."

1 comment:

Misanthrope said...

And of course the Pakistani govt. is apparently raising a grant of $500,000 for the chair. Wowee, so that's where my tax money goes. I'm so happy.