Friday, September 3, 2010

Muslim soldier seeks conscientious objector status

By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
This one I really don't get. A Muslim soldier, citing his religion, is seeking conscientious objector status.
I understand those who want to defer armed forces service during times of conflict based on religious or moral grounds. But this just doesn't make any sense to me.
When he enlisted last year, wasn't Pfc. Naser Abdo a Muslim? And didn't he know the USA was involved in an armed conflict in Afghanistan. And that the combatants on the other side were Muslims?
It's not like he was conscripted. He joined the Army of his own volition.
Back in the Vietnam War days, I fully understood why people would declare themselves conscientious objectors. There was a draft then. So presumably, people who, as a matter of conscious, objected to taking up arms were involuntarily called to serve.
Abdo can't make the same claim.
He joined with the full knowledge that this country was at war. His request for CO status should be denied.

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