Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Army's Arab Handbook

The U.S. Army has put out a remarkably even-handed booklet (large PDF) on "Arab Cultural Awareness" for use by soldiers in Iraq. It contains vital information, such as the fact that all Muslims are not Arabs, and all Arabs are not Muslims (nor are they all terrorists)—oh, and they basically invented mathematics.

There's a lot of generalization in the 66-page booklet, but it has a wealth of very valuable information. It's true, Arabs are people, too.

One question: Why is it only coming out now, after we've been in Iraq for three years?

(Hat tip: Tiercel)
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