i may not agree with war, but the fact of it that there are people out there fighting. they fight for their families, they fight for freedom and they fight for us – people they don’t even know; just so we can live in a better world. fighting, like it or not, is a part of our humanity. some claim that we’ve only made it through about 200 consecutive years without war – and that was in roman times. we’re constantly at war with someone over something.
surprising, then, the noise our politicians are making – especially the noise coming from the minister of national defense, peter mckay. we’re all a lot more familiar with his more colloquial title, ‘that jackass mckay’. not content with being a douchebag in general, he has gone out of his way to, as they say, up his game.
his latest ‘i’m mad about this!’ fad comes in the form of supposed outrage over the upcoming medal of honour shooter. as we all know (frankly at this stage we’d better since we’ve had it drummed into our heads), the newest game involves being able to play as the taliban. at its heart, this kind is a wincing ‘too soon’ moment on the part of the developers and the publishers, but they’ve got a valid point: it’s reality.
the taliban is a reality. war is a reality. war and fighting is a reality for those brave men and women who leave their families and set out for hostile lands where they aren’t welcomed. they constantly have to be on guard because people are trying to kill them.
it’s also a reality for commanders, those even braver souls who spend hours plotting strategies so that these soldiers make it home. it’s a reality for generals who have the fate of so many resting on their shoulders. even the tiniest fuck-up can cost thousands of lives.
finally, it’s really a reality for those left behind, families and other loved ones who deal with the absence, and who also deal with loss when those brave souls come back to them in a box.
but i digress. peter mckay isn’t really objecting on behalf of the canadian military. sure, he mentions them, but peter mcjackass has other things on his mind. this stupid and incompetent buffoon is mostly complaining on behalf of the children.
“The men and women of the Canadian Forces, our allies, aid workers and innocents Afghans are being shot at, and sometimes killed, by the Taliban. This is reality. I find it wrong to have anyone, children in particular, playing the role of the Taliban. I’m sure most Canadians are uncomfortable and angry about this.”
i’ll tell you what canadians are uncomfortable and angry with, it’s this asshole. what a stupid, distracting PR stunt that was. ‘people are getting killed! soldiers! people! innocent people and soldiers! ack! shriek! hide your children!’
here’s something else canadians are uncomfortable and angry about: that he doesn’t even get his goddamn facts right. the taliban is something only making an appearance in the multiplayer mode. every video game has a ‘bad guy’.
if you do anything today, please take 10 minutes and go read dan gardner’s article in the ottawa citizen. it is fantastically, artfully written. it will provide you with quite a bit more detail and offers EXCELLENT points. one of my favourites is how he points out that a child playing this violent game is a bigger issue. a great point – why isn’t peter mckay mad about bad parenting? why isn’t peter mckay mad that the canadian forces doesn’t have a bigger budget, or better resources? why isn’t peter mckay mad so many soldiers are dying?
why, indeed? because peter mckay is an idiot, a bumbling farce of a man who is not fit for office.
soldiers, if you are reading, please know i support you and your operations 100%. i hope you all come home safe. peter, if you’re reading, fuck off and wire your goddamn jaw shut. or at least pick up a newspaper once in a while.
UPDATE: it’s been announced that EA has since dropped this mode of playing, having received feedback from families of fallen soldiers. msnbc has a great article about EA’s decision to drop this mode, or you can read EA’s statement.