Video Game Celebrates
3rd Dec, 2004 11:00ET
If you thought the
new video game inviting players to try their virtual skills at assassinating
tasteless, hold on to your hat. A just-released mission in the
Kuma wargame series is themed “Fallujah: Operation al-Fajr."
It re-creates the recent assault on Fallujah, which may have left
thousands of civilians dead.
join U.S. Marines and Army soldiers in their attack on the Jolan district
in Fallujah. For the making of “Fallujah: Operation al-Fajr,” Kuma
Reality Games used detailed satellite imagery of Jolan.
Publicity material for yesterday's new game says players "dodge
sniper fire and protect civilians," while fighting to secure
the Jolan district.
the action isn't really that "realistic" after all. Civilians
in Fallujah outnumbered rebels by perhaps thirty to one. They bore
the brunt of a relentless US bombardment of Jolan. News media reports
say this included 2,000-pound bombs, helicopter gunships and artillery.
Independent journalists and Arab media say napalm-like weapons and
poison gas were also deployed. Reporter, Dahr Jamail told BreakForNews.com
that witnesses saw people poisoned, fall to the ground and die. Other
reports describe firebombs spewing lethal contents which adhered to
skin and burned unquenchably.
later did the soldiers --the real ones-- come to root out any
"resistance" left alive. This involved the use of cluster
bombs and grenades tossed into homes, with devastating results in
at least one case. Cowering inside was a family - not virtual terrorists.
A young boy was hospitalized with grenade fragment injuries.
Don't expect that kind of realism from the latest Kuma offering. “Fallujah:
Operation al-Fajr,” is the sanitized electronic world of good guys
and bad guys. Just like Bush's war. And you can guess who the good
The Kuma /War series is lovingly
following the action around Iraq, and modeling game chapters on
set-piece recreations of real military operations. Players have battled
the Medi army in the south and hunted
down Uday and Qusay Hussein. We are now up to Mission #28.
In the coming weeks, game subscribers will get missions that re-create
current combat in Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq.
missions are being developed in cooperation with the US military.
“Fallujah: Operation al-Fajr” even contains a discussion with Major
General Thomas L. Wilkerson, USMC (ret) on the strategy behind the
fight for control of Fallujah. The last mission before Fallujah, was
based on the same training mission Kuma\War modeled for CASCOM - the
US Army Combined Arms Support Command.
Kuma Reality Games has just opened voting for its "Stories
from the Front" contest. The contest asked soldiers to contribute
stories from their actual experiences in the battlefield. The winner's
story will become an upcoming mission. The winner will be featured
with three friends as characters in the re-creation of the winning
eligible entries have been slimmed to finalists like: Beneath the
Saddam Mosque, the story of a rescue team searching for a kidnapped
woman in the tunnels beneath a mujahedeen-controled mosque; Baghdad
Cowboy details an ambush on enemies to rescue a troubled Fallujah
convoy; and Saddam City Shocker centers around a squad that fights
its way across a bridge into Saddam City.
This is the seamless integration of military gaming and real military
action. The two have become one. Virtually. A seamless virtual reality
whose barbarity and insensitivity is puzzling to the "reality-based"
In Fallujah, during the bombing families could hear the screams from
those whose homes had been hit, but they had to keep their heads down
Kuma should have taped those screams.
9th, 2004 was Fallujah's 9/11 Tuesday. It marked the peak of
3 days of indiscriminate bombing by US forces.
The bomb blitz featured weapons of mass destruction:
banned napalm-type munitions, chemical poison gas and super-bombs
of up to 2,000-pounds.
The ground assault was also indiscriminate. The target was a
city where at least 60,000 civilians outnumbered rebel fighters
by over thirty to one.
of those crimes is accumulating, as accounts by aid workers'
from inside Fallujah manage to bypass reporting restrictions.
The relevant US commanders
should be immediately detained and interrogated --so we can
on whose orders they acted, that
others may also face justice.
The attack on Fallujah was the worst single terrorism
atrocity since 2,752 people
died in New York on
Tuesday, 9/11/2001. The Iraqi Red Crescent fear
up to 6,000 killed so far,
in the terror on Fallujah.
Killed in Falluja
by Fintan Dunne, Editor
as in the movie Saving Private Ryan, U.S. forces in the "assault"
have a mission aimed at a single man: the elusive
Musab al-Zarqawi. They seek
him here. They seek him there.
They seek him everywhere.
But, Zarqawi remains as disappointingly fictional as ever.
No doubt he has "slipped
away" from Fallujah. I suppose
that's only to be expected
when you are fighting against
an enemy which uses guerilla
warfare. "Slipping away" is the
very definition of guerilla war.
Or hasn't anyone told the Americans? ..Read
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Smell a Rat :
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Iraqis dying in ever increasing numbers
Filling up with anger
In the chilly darkness, Baghdad father of three Ali rises at 3am. He
grabs a blanket and makes his way to the car
'too dangerous for polls'
'If the circumstances stay as they are in Iraq, I personally don't think
the elections will be possible'
Deadly Airport Road
Now Only Way Out
Dwarf called Al Qaeda
Wins Saddam libel case
wasn’t a war, it was a massacre' --GI in Falluja
U.S. Used Weapons
of Mass Destruction
campaign joins suit
Snared by an
set for duty
One of Bush's go-to guys during the campaign.
to die & kill in Bush’s
war for oil and empire
The full extent of the horror is still hidden to many in the U.S.--thanks
to the see-no-evil, pro-war propaganda pumped out by the U.S. media
Power of Delusion
Bush Campaign Official Indicted For
Sues Blackwell in
Fed. Court Over Recount
Ohio turn out
like Hawaii in 1960 - as mentioned by Sup.Ct. Justice Anthony M.
Kennedy in his dissent in Bush v. Gore.
Florida Suit seeks
to overturn election
4-year-old child in Gaza
finds new prey
3-yr-old taken from family
due to being overweight
wants answers after 15-year-old son dies
An Asheville mother is desperately seeking answers after her 15-year-old
son died Tuesday shortly after receiving a vaccine for Hepatitis B.
injury not vaccine was cause of death --examiner
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Destruction and Death
Troops' Discovery Found Not to Be Sarin Gas
US War Crimes In Iraq
One returned soldier, who recently committed suicide, constantly called
himself a 'murderer' for killing an unarmed child in Iraq
Death Toll in Falluja Offensive Reaches 71
Seventy-one U.S. troops were killed in the offensive led by U.S. Marines
to take control of the Iraqi city Falluja the U.S. military said on
Wednesday, 20 higher than previously reported
Iraq's civilian dead get no hearing in the U.S.
American behavior and self-perceptions reveal the ease with which a
civilized country can engage in large-scale killing of civilians
without public discussion.
The war hides in public sight, while the USA wrings its hands over 'declining
moral values' that seem to allow a basketball player to punch a fan
at a basketball game
After Fallujah no two Americans shall meet without a corpse lying between
Regimes PR Man
by Eva Jasiewicz