"The war . . . underlines the need for more Americans to learn the ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, so different from our own. We often reject certain aspects of Arab behavior and culture simply because we do not understand them or find them inappropriate. Arabic speakers recognize in the words and actions of Saddam Hussein the resentments of the West shared by most Arabs."
--GERALD LAMPE, director, language studies and associate professor, Arabic studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies