You know when these developers set out to make a new game they can call the bad guys whatever and the good guys whatever. Do you seriously think that they call the bad guys in this game Taliban for no reason?
The more controversial the theme of the game is the more the news will talk about it therefore expose this game to the more people. The more people know/talks about it the more will check out the finished game.
It is like free advertising.
How come the news doesn't talk about Mafia 2 a game that takes you on the journey of becoming mobster, and kill sometimes innocent people, cops, rob stores, steal cars, etc etc. The theme of that game is not as controversial as the theme of MoH, even though I don't think Mafia2 will be less violent than MoH.
Besides I don't understand why media picks on games so much lately, some recent movies that came out in the past year or so are much more violent than games yet I did not hear a single news story about any movies, nor I saw any moms or dads of fallen soldiers on TV complaining about movie A or movie B.