Thursday, July 28, 2011

Some Conscientious Objector

Pfc. Naser Abdo, who was granted "Conscientious Objector" status and was quoted in this story saying "we're not all terrorists, you know?", has just been arrested for, wait for it, planning a terrorist attack on Fort Hood.  He was found with weapons and bomb making components in a motel room near the base, the site of a previous terrorist attack.  I guess his conscience has nothing against killing Americans (or possessing child pornography, which he was found with previously).  Now what I don't get is how anyone can get conscientious objector status in a completely volunteer army, especially when the soldier volunteered after we were engrossed in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I can totally understand conscientious objector status in a draft army, as entering it wasn't your choice, but how do you argue for it when joining the army is 100% your choice?  And how did the Army actually agree to granting the status anyway?  I'm sure political correctness had at least something to do with it.

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