Another soldier has enlisted then decided that he's against what the military was already doing when he enlisted.
There are a couple of issues here. First is that if you're such a moron that you don't know that the U.S. military is (regardless of what the Effete-Fop-in-Chief and his Cabinet of Prisses say) fighting against Islamofascists, you shouldn't be joining the military, and you really shouldn't even be going outside unattended. If you're not okay with shooting fellow Muslims, don't set foot into the recruiter's office. Unless he has been living in North Korea for the past couple of decades, Pfc. Naser Abdo knew who the enemy was when he crossed that threshold.
Things like this always remind me of my undergraduate alma mater, Brigham Young University. As many people know, BYU has a somewhat strict Honor Code that students and faculty are required to agree to before admission or employment. Here is the Honor Code Statement from the BYU website.
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. . . . If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things (Thirteenth Article of Faith).
As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, Brigham Young University—Idaho, and LDS Business College seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will
Live a chaste and virtuous life
Obey the law and all campus policies
Use clean language
Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
Participate regularly in church services
Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code
Specific policies embodied in the Honor Code include (1) the Academic Honesty Policy, (2) the Dress and Grooming Standards, (3) the Residential Living Standards, and (4) the Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement.(For reference, Dress and Grooming Standards consist of things such as wearing modest, non-revealing clothing, short hair and no beards for men, no extreme hairstyles or hair colors, etc.)
Now, these standards are likely unattractive to many students at colleges and universities around the United States. Many people view them as overly strict, puritanical, oppressive, etc. They are free to have such views, of course, and are free to avoid applying to BYU, or to stay away from the BYU campus altogether. BYU is certainly not for everyone.
However, I have met students at BYU (fortunately a very small minority) that constantly complain about the Honor Code and the rules, and sometimes seem to go out of their way to violate those standards. From my perspective, this is the epitome of dishonor. If you disagree with the requirements of an organization, refrain from joining that organization. Do not give your word that you will conform to the expectations of that organization. If you join the organization and give your word that you will adhere to the rules, but then complain about the rules, you are an irresponsible, self-centered child. If you violate those rules regardless of your promise to adhere to them, you are a liar and not worthy of trust.
In a previous post, I quoted Karl Maeser in relation to the topic of integrity. It has full application here as well.
I have been asked what I mean by word of honor. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls—walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground—there is a possibility that in some way or another I may be able to escape, but stand me on that floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I’d die first!Integrity means that we keep our word when we have chosen voluntarily to give that word, regardless of our personal feelings, convenience, etc. Pfc. Abdo brings not only brings shame onto himself for his lack of integrity, but does more damage to the reputation of Muslims as well, something that they can ill afford.