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Enlisting Aid to Education In the War on Terror

In his visit to Indonesia during an Asian tour that begins this week, President Bush is likely to announce as much as $150 million in aid for this nation’s schools over the next five years. From the administration’s viewpoint, Mr. Bush’s emphasis on the importance of education abroad fits neatly with his interest in improving schools at home. Applied here, this emphasis is aimed at countering one of the broadest challenges to the United States: the appeal of fundamentalist Islam to young people in the Muslim world. On the theory that ignorance and poor education are among the reasons that young people are drawn to radical Islam, the Agency for International Development has been revamping its programs in Muslim countries in the last two years to spend more on schools and less on other things, including family planning. Full Story

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