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Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Nov 30, 2011 at 17:28

Steve, I've known a number of people who've studied Arabic, including some who know it rather fluently, but who did not convert to Islam. By the same token, I consider myself a rather competent user of Chinese as a 2df language, but I am by no means an admirer of Mao or his heirs.

I suppose what I'm getting at is that the US government could use a lot more expertise in more difficult languages.

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