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I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog of war
And we don't give a damn who the killing is for
It's the same old story with a different name
Death or glory, its the killing game
--Ride Across the River, Dire Straits
The first of all that fled,
Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes
Oh the difference six years and a change of hat can make.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is first at war's door today, but there was a time when Senator and former First Lady Clinton opposed even the violence expressed in video games.
In 2005, Senator Clinton partnered with conservatives Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback to request George W. Bush and Congress "launch a $90m investigation of the impact of electronic media on children’s 'cognitive, social, emotional and physical development'":
“Violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto, in which players peddle drugs and steal cars to become top gangster, have been condemned by Hillary Clinton as a 'major threat' to moral health.
“'Children are playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them,' the senator and former first lady said. 'This is a silent epidemic of media desensitisation that teaches kids it’s okay to diss people because they are a woman, they’re a different colour or they’re from a different place' (Hillary opens up morality war on violent video games).”
Well, we wouldn't want to diss people of a different color now, would we -- just bomb 'em, right? The Hillary of today seems less kind, less gentle. Clinton is now foursquare behind bombing, Predator strikes, commando-type raids and real violence against different-colored people that eclipses the sun and the moon in today's wars.
Perhaps she felt she had to cover all her bases; if she was against virtual violence, then she had to be for the real thing. They say women are more cutthroat then men when assuming power positions. The pant suits should have been the tip-off. Why are violent video games a problem whilst endless wars are a good-to-go in her worldview?
Killing people exceeds "dissing" them, Ms. Hipster.