November 14, 2007, - 4:17 pm

Good AND Bad News: Arabic Fastest Growing Language in American Colleges, Reaches Top Ten

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Forgot to add last paragraph about Jewish Arabic translators rejected by the FBI. Added. ****
Arabic is now the fastest growing language among students learning a foreign language in America’s colleges and universities. It’s now in the top ten. That’s good news and bad.
I’ll start with the good, first:
For years, we’ve had a shortage of reliable Arabic speakers, readers, and writers in our law enforcement and intelligence agencies. That’s led those organizations to hire many Arabic linguists who are Muslim extremists. In turn, those extremists frequently lied about what was in documents and on surveillance tapes, either misleading federal authorities and jeopardizing Americans, or increasing the backlog of Arabic language items that need to be re-translated, or both.

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If more American college students learn Arabic, we will finally be less reliant on those who hate us to “help” us into more trouble.
Now, the bad news, of which there is plenty:
* Only 23,974 college students are learning Arabic, enough to get it into the top ten, but not nearly enough to provide the number of analysts and translators we need right now, let alone the future.
* We don’t know who it is that is taking Arabic. Are they Tom and Jane from Podunkville, Iowa, who are basically pro-American and don’t have an agenda–the ideal FBI and CIA translators? Or is it Hamida and Suhail, whose parents came here respectively from Ramallah and Peshawar and hate America? We don’t want or need 24,000 of those. Not the kind of people we want as translators and not the kind whose Arabic lessons we should be funding with the oodles of federal tax dollars that are going into Title VI Arabic language funding on campus. Let them learn it at the mosque with their parents paying for it, instead of the taxpayers footing the bill.
* Arabic as taught on most college campuses is classical Arabic, not the currently used kind, which involves different national dialects of a more modern Arabic. As I learned when I was in college and took Arabic, that kind of Arabic is mostly useless and not the kind we need to translate documents and surveillance tapes.
* Most college Arabic programs are dominated by the pan-Islamist Middle Eastern Studies Association, which involves language and other aspects of learning Arabic that are biased against America and in favor of extremist Islam. In other words, we’re not just gaining new Arabic speakers and translators. We’re propagandizing them against us, which puts us back in the same boat we’re in now. We don’t need more John Walker Lindhs and Adam Gadahns. My Arabic language class at the University of Michigan was like this. There was no Israel, only Palestine. Yasser Arafat was a “peaceful world leader,” etc.
* Of course, even with thousands more non-Muslim Arabic speakers, the FBI would probably reject them, as they did with those from the Sephardic Jewish Community Center of Brooklyn. The FBI rejected them in favor of extremist Muslims because an Egyptian Muslim FBI agent didn’t want Jews. Way to go.

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From above:
“Let them learn (Arabic) at the mosque, with their parents paying for it, instead of the taxpayers footing the bill.”
Yes. Let them learn Arabic at the mosque, in Ramallah and Peshawar. Not in America. I fervently hope our government will one day wake up before it’s too late and understand the malignancy of classical, mainstream Islam, and expeditiously arrange for the total expulsion of its adherents from our country. And let every infidel nation follow suit.

commonsense on November 14, 2007 at 6:33 pm

It definitely seems the bad outweighs the good.
*I fervently hope our government will one day wake up before it’s too late and understand the malignancy of classical, mainstream Islam, and expeditiously arrange for the total expulsion of its adherents from our country.*
Commonsense- I don’t think our government is going to wake up any time soon. It already seems like Muslims have infiltrated the culture of the State Department, FBI, and DHS.
For example, this is an advertisement the State Department is sending out right now for the ideal foreign service officer, the kind they want in the upcoming foreign service exams:
“Your world. Your America. Your Opportunity to Make a Difference.
The United States is facing unprecedented challenges requiring the expert knowledge and vision of individuals like you. This is why there has never been a better time to transform your professional skills, education, cultural background and unique perspectives into a high-profile career working overseas.
You have the ability to affect global change and impact people?s lives. You?ve taken the first step in becoming an agent of change and we?d like to encourage you to register for, and schedule your seat, for the upcoming December 1-8 testing window.
Become a U.S. Diplomat.
If not now, when?”
Then it advertises this link. Notice what “George” the Arab-American says: http://careers.state.gov/officer/meet-our-people.html
From the advertisement, it is clear that the State Department only wants “multicultural” liberals that do not hold American values: “Agents of Change.”
So Arab speakers who are not anti-American or anti-Israel probably will not be welcome at the State Department, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security.
Here is the kind of FBI agent and Arabic linguist the FBI is boasting about: http://www.fbijobs.gov/043.asp The guy boasts about being “intimate” with “his community” and we are relying on him to translate. Very scary.
Muslim linguists are going to do what is best for Muslims, not Americans, and our government does not comprehend this fact.

Gabe on November 14, 2007 at 7:40 pm

Gabe: Our friend “George” at the State Department is in all probability an Arabic-speaking Christian. Of course, his world view and biases are not made clear – is he, in fact, a loyal American, wishing to stand up for America in what should rightly be understood as a war against global jihad, or does he consider himself, rather, to be an Arab (even though he is mistaken, and should instead view himself as a scion of Arabic-speaking Maronites, Copts, et al. who are not, in fact, Arabs at all, but people who were absorbed and marginalized by Arab conquerers across what were formerly Christian lands) who, in the interest of pan-Arabism, sides with Muslims and their imperialistic goals instead?
And as for our Egyptian friend and protector in the FBI, how can we know with confidence that his condemnation of Muslims who commit terrorism stems from his concern that such acts are wrong not because they are morally abhorrent but because they serve to place Muslims, and their belief system, under greater scrutiny, which might lead to measures restricting their entry into infidel lands, thereby thwarting one tactic of jihad ordinarily far more effective than terrorism – demographic conquest?

commonsense on November 14, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Commonsense- I totally agree with your assessment of the Egyptian guy. He seems to be against terrorism because it focuses negative attention on “his community.” I would say he definitely is a jihadist from his comments, and he wants more of the same infiltrating the FBI. He states:
*”There is no reason for the community to shy away from law enforcement organizations, including the FBI. By actively participating with or joining such agencies, we can increase understanding of each other’s cultures and desires for a better life. Working together is a good representation of the Middle Eastern community. It’s what we truly stand for.”*
In other words, he wants Muslims to “actively participate” in the infidel’s government agencies in order to increase America’s tolerance and “understanding” for Muslims–the way Muslims want us to foolishly look at their culture–not the other way around. From his comment, he surely does not want Muslims to become assimilated, patriotic Americans. He doesn’t even equate Muslims with being Americans.
From the advertisements, it doesn’t appear that the FBI or State Department want conservative, white Christians or Jews to join their agencies. They want non-assimilated minorities with a non-American loyalty, “agents of change.” That is why I don’t think the average conservative American at college studying Arabic will have a shot at joining these agencies. Most likely, people like “George” and the Egyptian guy will, which doesn’t help America.

Gabe on November 14, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Did interest in learning German and Japanese swell at our universities after the start of WWII?
Just curious

spiffo on November 14, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Very interesting. Yet, this dilemma presents an opportunity for a community that was shunned by the FBI.
Recall these JihadWatch.org articles?
Dhimmitude at the FBI: Jews Need Not Apply to Fight Terror
http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/000243.php
and
CIA reviewing translator security rules
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/006563.php
PC policy prevents the FBI from hiring Jewish translators . . . the general public, especially those concerned with current FBI/CIA blunders, are not limited by such PC suicidal policies.
When you have a segment of the Jewish population with the necessary Arabic, Urdu, etc. skills – and a growing population fed up with massive petro dollar influence – both wanting to help fight this war . . .it could be a match made in heaven. Local high schools typically offer a range of courses for adult continuing education. It would be interesting to see how much interest there is for such a match.
[JAMO4: THANKS FOR REMINDING ME OF THIS, AS I MEANT TO MENTION THE JEWISH TRANSLATORS. NOT ONLY AM I AWARE OF THOSE STORIES–ESP. ABOUT THE JEWISH TRANSLATORS, BUT I HAVE ALSO WRITTEN ABOUT THE SAME ITEMS ON THIS SITE, AND REFERRED TO THE ISSUE OF THE SEPHARDIC JEWISH WOULD-BE FBI TRANSLATORS, YESTERDAY, IN WRITING ABOUT NADA NADIM PROUTY.
I HAVE FRIENDS AT THE SEPHARDIC JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN BROOKLYN AND KNOW THE STORY INTIMATELY. ONE OF THEM, A LEBANESE JEWISH WOMAN, PASSED EVERY TEST WITH FLYING COLORS, BUT AN EGYPTIAN MUSLIM FBI AGENT IN THE NYC OFFICE DIDN’T WANT JEWS, ETC. AND THEY LIED ABOUT WHY THEY DIDN’T HIRE THE JEWS, USING FALSE CITIZENSHIP REASONS–THESE PEOPLE ARE U.S. CITIZENS. I’VE ADDED A PARAGRAPH AT THE END ABOUT THE JEWISH TRANSLATORS. DS]

justamomof4 on November 14, 2007 at 9:37 pm

Can someone please tell me what is the official reason the government is not hiring Sephardi Jews to these translator positions? We can all say it is due to PC reasons, etc, and we are probably correct, but I want to know what the government is saying is their reason.
Also, Debbie, I really do not believe that second language learners can ever do the job that a native speaker can do. When I hear a distorted and mangled tape recording of English with every third word missing or garbled, I can usually make out what is being said because I am a native speaker who understands the nuances of the language, who knows what word likely followed that word, etc. A bright and dedicated student may achieve fluency in a short period of time, but fluency has to do with the ability to communicate easily; that is really not the same thing as knowing the language inside out and to the extent that you are familiar with all idioms and expressions, slang, and syntax (which helps when you have to figure out sentences with missing words). I really do not believe that we are ever going to see large numbers of American born non Muslim Arabic translators.

AmericanJewess on November 15, 2007 at 2:33 am

Just to add to the Jihad Watch articles already linked to above:
Arab translators cheered 9/11: http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/000584.php
That’s a 4 year old article. No lessons learned.

Shy Guy on November 15, 2007 at 3:54 am

Excellent question regarding German and Japanese language learning during WWII.
Germans, then as now, and the Japanese did not and do not have the incredible birth rate that Muslims did/do. Simple ratio and proportion.
Excellent Arabic language program:
Pimsleur Approach
About $200 (U.S.). Eastern Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, and Farsi. At least for me, it is better than Rosetta Stone.
Know thy enemy, know thy self.

Nuggler on November 15, 2007 at 9:39 am

…just as I sit here to learn more about speaking in japanese, this news comes and hits me in the face. *shakes head* And people wonder why I never went to college.

Squirrel3D on November 15, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Debbi is correct, Jews need not apply. Christian from Lebanon, and Egypt have also been ruled out for the same political correctness. As for “George” I’m sure he hates the US as much as the rest of the people at the State Department.

Burt on November 16, 2007 at 9:01 am

B”H I dunno. With they way things are going in Israel, I guess I should have taken Arabic in college.
PM Olmert and SOS Rice are selling us out.

Ben-Yehudah on November 17, 2007 at 4:21 pm

Your ignorance is really blinding Debbie. As a current college student taking Arabic, I can confirm that all of your ideas are not only completely false, but ethnocentric and racist. Did you really say “Let them take it at the Mosque”? How ignorant are you? It is people like you who cause our problems in the Middle East because you actually have no idea how things work.

Carrie on April 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

I didnt need to finish reading.
By approaching the topic with an islamophobic minset, you reduce your remarks to mean absolutely nothing. Muslims pray at the mosque and at home. They do not and will not be confined in their house of prayer. You do not own this country nor the people in it.
You probably got further in school than i did. However, you are not fully educated in Arabic or Muslim studies and culture, if you are even educated at all.

noneya on December 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I second Carrie and noneya. The hate, xenophobia, and religious intolerance radiating from this article is a disgrace to our country. The assumption that college students of Middle Eastern or Central Asian origin must hate America is staggeringly moronic, unfounded, and sensationalist. The assumption that the US State Department would actively seek to sabotage its own interests by hiring unreliable extremists reads like a conspiracy theory with no remotely rational basis.

Lastly, I think you forgot to mention that Arabic is a beautiful language with an intricate grammatical structure and a long and impressive literary history. It is spoken in various forms throughout the Arab world, and has been colored with French, Spanish, Berber, Italian, and other influences over time. Arab civilizations advanced mathematics and medicine, preserving the knowledge of the Ancient Romans and Greeks when most of Europe had forgotten it. There is more to be gained by studying Arabic than just more CIA agents.

American Patriot on April 20, 2014 at 11:16 pm

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