The case for learning Arabic & BDLA16

This is only vaguely related to Banque du Liban Accelerate 2016, as some of the points I will bring up relate to the promise and purpose of the conference and I got this question a lot there – but also before and after. (Somewhat surprisingly, I think I got it more often from Arabs than others.) Other than that, it is basically a personal post, somewhat off topic from the usual topics on my blog. The question is:

Why the f**k do you want to learn Arabic?

In the following lines, let me explain myself, and also explain why I think it might be a good idea if more people did the same.

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