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Submitted by steve omara (United Kingdom), Nov 22, 2011 at 14:00

It is a fact,commonly acknowledged that you should only DESIRE to learn the language of a culture you admire and respect. I therefore am amazed that any intelligent westerner would STILL WANT to delve into the semantics of Arabic. Lawrence of Arabia, perhaps the most well known "Arabist" is scathing in his unarguably honest appraisal of the Arab culture and mentality early on in his book, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Lawrence,or rather T.E.Shaw admired his friend Sir Ronald Storrs superior knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew. Storrs proof read 'Seven Pillars' and was the person who watched Shaw's coffin lid being screwed down. Storrs famously commented whilst governor of Jerusalem that Islamic chivalry was the "greatest oxymoron" after witnessing an arab gunman shoot a Jewish nurse on the steps of the Hadassah hospital. The murder of Tali Hatuel and her girl children, one still unborn, sums up the Muslim "man" to me and always will.

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