Arabic speakers have no corner on keeping vital information to themselves. I've seen it in American business mid-level management many times.
To: Eric in the Ozarks
Many of you have had this experience, I am sure: An Arab will explain to you how he had come to America to study, say, engineering. When he goes back home from time to time, he is pressed about what he has learned and how it can be used aganst America by the Arab world. He tries to explain that it is not the "thing" of the information that he has learned that makes the West superior, but the way that the people in the West constantly learn, inquire, and seek out the truth. He finds he cannot get this across. He finds that he countrymen see the knowledge of the West as a thing, like a sword, that can be approprieated and used against the West by the superior civilization of the Arabs and Islam.
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