Sunday, June 14, 2009

Katie does a two-fer

Reaching deep into the well of anti-Muslim venom, not to mention the well of recycling, Katie manages to combine two of her favorite subjects: the warron terra with Peter Hegseth and video games in her opinion piece, For veterans, Guantanamo was no game, in the Strib on Sunday. She displays once again the rich talent that inspired the Cucking Stool to establish a new award in her name: the “Katie.” (Katie cannot win a “Katie” of course, because she IS the Katie.)

Katie has mentioned Peter Hegseth, that nice young man from Forest Lake, and his heroics in the warron terra, several times. But she never gives poor Peter his due, including: Executive Director of the pro-war Iraq Vets for Freedom, a fish in the conservative think tank called the Manhattan Institute, a “Witherspoon Fellow” for the Family Research Council (think James Dobson and Tony Perkins), and banker at Bear, Stearns.

Peter has written about Guantanamo; he apparently spent some time there; here’s what he said for the Family Research Council:

There is abuse at Gitmo, as our Witherspoon Fellowship Alumnus, 1/LT Pete Hegseth, has said: it's the detainees abusing their guards. They are the ones who throw bodily waste on the guards and hit their own Korans!

The U.S. Congress begs to differ:

A US bipartisan Senate report released late last year found Rumsfeld and other top administration officials responsible for abuse of Guantanamo detainees in US custody.

Katie’s on your case if you play video games, too.

So, what could be better than Katie’s warrior friend doing battle with a video game? The game in question was written by a Scottish company, and it features innocent (according to the game) detainees at Guantanamo fighting to free themselves.


"Rendition: Guantanamo" is clearly unsavory. But it's still just a video game. Why get so worked up?

"The game is one small corner in a larger battle to shape perception of American conduct in the war on terror generally, and at Guantanamo Bay specifically," says Hegseth. "It's an attempt to rewrite history, to create the perception that the war is misguided and that in fighting it, America has lost its values, lost its way."

Pete seems a little defensive, don’t you think, boys and girls? You know, Pete, it may take a revisionist historian to know one; if so, Spot supposes you’re just the guy to complain about the video.

For Americans, of course, our perceptions were shaped before the Iraq invasion began by guys like Vice President and Minister of Disinformation Dick Cheney. (Don’t even bother to write, Dave.)

Come to think of it, we never heard from Katie or Peter when this game was published:

The goal of Muslim Massacre, which can be downloaded for free on the internet, is to "ensure that no Muslim man or woman is left alive", according to the game's creator.

Players control an "American Hero" armed with a machine gun and rocket launcher who is parachuted into the Middle East.

By slaughtering all the Arabs that appear on screen – some dressed as terrorists, some apparently civilians - players progress to later levels where they take on Osama bin Laden, Mohammed and finally Allah.

The game's creator, a freelance programmer known as Sigvatr, described the game as "fun and funny" and some players have interpreted the game as a critical commentary - albeit a crude one - of US foreign policy.

Or this fun weekend activity came to light. Or this one.

Or did Spot just miss it?

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