Wednesday, March 16, 2005


They never let wishful thinking get in the way of common sense. The latest example is the Israel Defense Forces decision that "incoming recruits and soldiers who play Dungeons and Dragons are unfit for elite units." The army says “They're detached from reality and susceptible to influence,” and are "automatically given a low security clearance". To me, this only makes sense.

Sadly, this policy has caused some fair weather-conservative gamers to actually become single-issue civil libertarians. A terrible example of such shallow friends of martial authority comes from a blogger heretofore unknown as a rabble rouser against military security, who posted about this Israeli prejudice against fantasy role players. The Ace of Spades went so far as to pilfer that old leftist litany of Niemöller's, turning it to his own selfish ends:
When they came for the Star Trek conventioneers, I said nothing, because I never bothered to pick up even a coversational-level of Klingon.

And when they came for the model railroad enthusiasts, still I kept silent, because I just never felt like dealing with all that glue and cotton-swabs.

And when they came for the massively-multiplayer on-line role-playing gamers, I yet held my tongue, because ....
One more true patriot sells out the administration's best ally in the middle east, just because he likes silly board games. Go shake your head over how low a good blogger can sink when his own ox is gored at "And Now They're Persecuting Me".

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