Fewer Students Studying Arabic

This is just one paragraph of an article, but worth mentioning:

The rush to study Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages has abated, with university departments reporting reduced applications compared with the initial post-Sept. 11 spike. Torrents of celebrity news, cost-cutting in the media industry, and a gripping presidential campaign have crippled the burst in foreign coverage that accompanied the 2001 and 2003 military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The article itself is an amusing and sad account of what students in one Harvard university course think will win the war on terror.

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