Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Can't all those Iraqis just learn English?

The BBC reports that British troops are getting extensive training in learning Arabic. Makes sense:
"The Arabic-speaking soldiers are there to win the confidence of the local population. Their role is to build up their trust to ensure that the insurgents are working on their own rather than with the cooperation of the local population," Lt Col [Anthony] Rabbit says...Many British soldiers learn Arabic at the Defence School of Languages in Buckinghamshire, southern England, before heading out to Iraq. Some soldiers come to the school for one week to learn basic greetings and phrases. Others spend over a year here, training to become interpreters, often for intelligence purposes.

Wonder if US troops are getting anything similar - if they aren't, they need it.


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