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Monday, July 10, 2006

 
When Fact Is Fiction And Video Games Reality

Bono commits heresy:

Liberals are sounding a sour note over U2 rocker Bono's backing of a video game that depicts Venezuela as a banana republic led by a power-hungry tyrant.

The "Venezuela" in the game is a fictitious country, but lefties are distressed that it demonizes Venezuela's real leader Hugo Chavez, known for his Marxist domestic policies and virulent anti-Americanism.

So how's the game played?

A player assumes the role of a mercenary sent to Venezuela, where a dictator has seized control of the nation's oil.

A typical moonbat response is this:

David Lindorff, co-author of the new book "The Case for Impeachment," said: "This kind of right-wing war game plays to the propaganda message that the Bush White House has been pushing for years: that Chavez is a dictator oppressing his people . . . Bono should use his financial interest in the company to kill it, or better, he should pull out entirely as an investor."

How does this jive with what's really going on in Venezuela?

[S]ince taking office in 1998, Chavez has, among other things, seized control of the nation's broadcast media, rewritten Venezuela's constitution to enhance his powers, purged critics in the military and sent thousands of young Venezuelans to Castro's Cuba for indoctrination.

The game in question is Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - official website here.

(Title is taken from a line in "Sunday Bloody Sunday")




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