That stark statistic demonstrates where the hearts and minds of Muslims lie.
That's not to say Western nations should encourage Muslims to join the military.
Be mindful of Bowe Bergdahl's court martial, then multiply that times ten thousand.
When America goes to war with a Muslim nation, will the soldiers with boots on the ground be trustworthy? What if we do battle in a Latin American country. Will all Hispanic soldiers be loyal to their oath of allegiance?
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In May 2013, Ifthekar Jaman left his comfortable home in Portsmouth, England, explaining to his parents, who emigrated years earlier from Bangladesh, that he wanted to learn Arabic in the Middle East. Instead, he booked a one-way ticket to Turkey. The next time his parents, Enu and Hena, heard from him, he had crossed the Turkish border into Syria and joined the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham — also known as ISIS or ISIL — the most brutal, and now the most powerful, of a dozen or so militant Sunni Islamist groups arrayed against President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his equally brutal Alawite government.
Ifthekar was part of the first wave of foreign fighters, whose motives were primarily humanitarian. Everyone — not just Muslims — was outraged by the atrocities of the Assad regime. Both the U.S. and the British governments were calling for Assad to step down. So were France, and Turkey, and a number of nations in the Middle East.
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