America's Army Backlash

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (thanks GamePolitics) reports on Iraq war backlash directed towards the America's Army game, which has drawn the ire of a group called Iraq Veterans Against the War. The report, which is from a couple of weeks ago, describes a scene where 90 members of the group stood in formation in front of a recruiting event shouting "war is not a game" in a protest that lasted a few minutes. From the description, this sounds like a spontaneous event, rather than part of a larger campaign:
They were referring to the large military simulation game set up by Army recruiters at the Missouri Black Expo. The group of veterans, known as Iraq Veterans Against the War, were in St. Louis for their annual meeting this weekend when they decided to stage a brief demonstration at the Expo.
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Re:Charlie_Six
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So, you're like the mythical person who spits on Vietnam war veterans as they return from war, but in reverse. You're so caring about people, so passionate about changing their opinions for the better, that you spit on them. Because spitting on them is the best way to get them to listen up.

Zuh??????

As for your support for democracy, it seems genuine but still confusing. At what point do you acknowledge that your opinions have been heard and considered by the majority of a democracy? It seems like you can always sit back and say "the people are still too ignorant, and therefore their opinions are invalid, thus I can remain an occupier of their nation." For several centuries, European nations embraced imperialism. They occupied nations they saw as inferior and ignorant of their wisdom. All the while claiming support for democracy, and all the while ignoring the vast majority opinion of the nations they occupied.

What I'm asking is this: What makes you any different than an imperialist of the past? Back then, Christians took over countries, ignored the majority will of those countries, and kept saying "they'll come around to our thinking eventually." This happened for centuries. What makes you any different?


This comment was edited on Sep 9, 09:30.
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