The problem with the Middle East culture is that there are many divisions whether it be tribal or along ethnic and religious lines – something we as Americans must be aware of here at home.
There are some members of Congress that feel community service should be mandatory such as in the bill HR 1388 that was introduced to the House of Representatives back in 2009, which stressed that every able American should participate in some form of civic duty upon completing high school. Some military leaders share the same sentiment.
My point is that if everyone works together towards a common cause, then as a whole we will all be better served. Some may call this nationalism or socialism, but I think of it as breaking down social barriers. I look at it as integration and a positive step towards preserving our values. After all, citizenship should not be a free ride.