January 10, 2006

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The People's Daily Online had a rather amusing editorial about America's top leadership convening a conference to push the teaching of 'critically-needed' languages at the primary and secondary schools. They are: "Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Farsi, Russian and Urdu."

Preparing kids early for anti-terrorism operations! The primary justifications for the focus on langugage instruction, according to the People's Daily is military and intelligence (hence the editorial's title, "Foreign Languages, Security and Anti-Terrorism"), although it grudgingly admitted that cultural affinity and friendship might play a role.

Nevertheless, despite the implicitly cynical tone of the piece, it remained very polite and respectful of President Bush (as Xinhua journalists are trained to be!) until the last paragraph, which suddenly erupts into becoming a violent turn of the knife:

However, Bush may have neglected two facts noticed by all: one is that most of the 9/11 terrorists and London bombers once studied and lived in the West for many years, which seemed didn't help to change their view on America and other western countries; the other is, anti-America sentiment, rather than language barrier, is more caused by preferential policies and double standards the United States has been pushing in the Arabic world.

posted by HK Dave on 01.10.06 at 03:51 PM in the Media category.


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At least its a straight-out editorial, not an editorial couched as a news article.

posted by: Shenzhen Whitey on 01.11.06 at 04:50 PM [permalink]

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