Learning Arabic Is Controversial?
I work in the oil and gas business by day. I’m responsible for sales and marketing of a not for profit association serving the O&G market. Some of my customers are of middle eastern persuasions. I could just as easily have picked Chinese (and still might).
But, to single out a language program simply because of someone’s ethnicity or interest in language development exposes the ignorance (a word chosen carefully) of the accuser. There are some TREMENDOUS opportunities for those with the right combination of language and technical skills. We’re talking HUGE.
No one got this bent out of shape when I was taught BASIC in middle school.