Does Children's Suicide Bomber Reenactment Game Glamorize Violence?

News 2011/03/03 19:00:00
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Kids have played war games since the dawn of time. But a shocking video from Pakistan in which children are shown acting out a mock Taliban suicide bombing is causing a stir and raising questions about what kinds of combat play is appropriate.

England’s Daily Mail reported that the 84-second viral video shows a group of Pashtun children recreating a terrorist attack (see video below). In the scenario, a boy in black playing the bomber is hugged by his friends before leaving for his mission. He then approaches another boy, dressed in white, who is playing a stand-in for security forces.

As other boys toss sand in the air to simulate an explosion, the bomber sets off his bomb and other children rush in to attend to the dead. A Pashtun from Waziristan who received the clip on his phone from a friend said he posted the video on Facebook because he “thought it was funny.”

Children’s advocates were alarmed by the thought that children are now glamorizing suicide bombers. But one Pakistani media expert lauded its sophistication and creativity at reproducing the chaotic life these children lead.

Is it OK for these children to play suicide bomber games?

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  • Tom 2011/03/04 09:11:10
    Arggh, I am in Afghanistan right now, and have seen too many mangled children who are victim's of the Taliban. Reality: the Taliban is evil, they treat others in a vile evil fashion, and they commit evil crimes against the innocent.

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  • Swervin 2011/03/04 18:56:03
    It's the same way I grew up playing cowboy with are play gun's, and playing Army it's all the same way, but different country.
  • theiceman 2011/03/04 18:40:59
    when can we show the partisan American sniper game?
  • riceroni ~ POTC**FUKU2** 2011/03/04 18:38:17
  • DavidK 2011/03/04 18:17:41
    Sure doesn't help things.
  • barbcherek 2011/03/04 18:07:52
    Why don't they do something useful with their time instead of warping their brains.
  • Birthpangs 2011/03/04 18:01:47
  • \V/ Birthpangs 2011/03/04 18:15:19
  • riceron... Birthpangs 2011/03/04 18:44:16
  • guitarplayer2571 2011/03/04 17:40:00
  • RalphMcknight 2011/03/04 17:05:01
    Just think if they could make video games glorifying violence leading to kids violence here...as you can get here (sarcasm get it)
  • annie 2011/03/04 16:53:26
    children should not be allowed to play violent video games.These video games that contain violence can corrupt younger kids into thinking that bombing countries and killing people is the right thing to do.
  • guitarp... annie 2011/03/04 17:42:52
    has nothing to do with video games! it's up to parents to teach children the difference between right and wrong! and explain to them video games are fictional!
  • Birthpangs guitarp... 2011/03/04 18:03:22
  • annie guitarp... 2011/03/05 00:57:25
    yeah but the video games do symbolize violence happening in the real world though
  • Leinad 2011/03/04 16:48:23
    Yes, and not only that , their reenactment is does not support their needed image that they are peaceable FIRST towards those that don't espouse to their cultish parameters and definition of how to by peaceable methods, convert the infidel, unbeliever or bring back the back-slider..it's reenactment is the tell-tale that they believe first that they will have to die to kill those that don't convert or those thatwon't will subjugate themselves to Sharia ..not the other way around...it shows their REAL INTENTIONS..DEATH TO ALL, and being A MARTYR is WORTHY in the eyes of allah , the moon god..FIRST AND FOREMOST..there is their lie for ALL TO SEE
  • Roblem BN-0 2011/03/04 16:44:47
    Roblem BN-0
    Yes. Does running around pretending that you are shooting everything, or boxing people glamorize violence? Don't see many young kids doing that? (sarcasm intended)

    I don't know, should we start talking about all the violent video games now...

  • wuwu110 2011/03/04 16:35:15
  • susiesunshine 2011/03/04 16:34:33
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2011/03/04 16:20:22
  • Birthpangs whitewu... 2011/03/04 18:04:04
  • Orangedragan 2011/03/04 16:13:54
  • larry bohannon 2011/03/04 15:47:05
    larry bohannon
    another chance for muslim cowards to teach violence to theyre inbreed children
  • Redneck 2011/03/04 15:27:55
    they're not playing, they're PRACTICING!!!!!
  • Orsted 2011/03/04 15:26:00
    Those wacky kids.
  • Quintessential Brother The ... 2011/03/04 15:21:34
    Quintessential Brother The Conservative Liberal
    Of course not... look at this kid he is happy as a Lark!
    kid happy lark
  • \V/ Quintes... 2011/03/04 18:17:17
  • JohnSmith 2011/03/04 15:15:48
    What? What kis wrong with teaching your beloved "Johnny" that it is just AWESOME to blow yourself up to kill women and other children...........UH DUH!
  • bob 2011/03/04 15:10:42
    What do you expect from Muslims?
  • Wahvlvke 2011/03/04 15:07:21
    Oh how typical of the "religion of peace". By the way anyone, how can you expect tolerance from a bastion of intolerance.
  • Bob Pooba 2011/03/04 14:44:12
    Bob Pooba
    Any Kids can and will play whatever they like, but what they play at does say allot about the culture they grew up in and it's values.
  • Gwen 2011/03/04 14:35:43
    and ....I already saw this posted 2 DAYS ago by another....a copycat question again...with a twist....looking at this from the angle of "isn't this just child's reenactment of what they have lived through?" versus could this actually be an encouraged form of play and indoctrinating behavior?
  • gryphon1 2011/03/04 14:02:30
    It is no diffrent that our war games.
  • Redneck gryphon1 2011/03/04 15:30:51
    I played army all day long every day when I was a kid, but I don't recall ever pretending to kill anyone that wasn't pretending to try to kill me. We even broke out the BB guns a few times, but everyone had a BB gun. My younger brother has a BB lodged in his left tear duct to this day because of it. :)
  • C. C. Rider 2011/03/04 13:14:54
    C. C. Rider
    cartoon stop we are out of birgins

    I hear the ending is a blast.
  • C. C. R... Redneck 2011/03/04 16:43:18 (edited)
    C. C. Rider
    Cons, the first in line to make fun of a American being be headed. I am sure cons take great joy in watching that poor American being beheaded over and over with glee. Your post proves that. REDNECK you have been blocked for such an anti american statement. What absolute hate you showed for that American who was be headed.
  • Tony 2011/03/04 13:04:30
    Great game if your a muslim..We need more of them to practice it in the desert..A live practice that is...I'll donate for the vests.
  • dan1900 2011/03/04 12:35:52
    It's sad ...
    But it is not surprising.
    We used to play taking inspiration from comic books, movies and stories that we knew ...
    they do the same ...
  • MarcusRP 2011/03/04 12:29:27
    Of course it does. But so does every other war game out there. Ever play Cowboys vs. Indians when you were a kid? http://ecx.images-amazon.com/...
  • whitewu... MarcusRP 2011/03/04 16:22:24
  • Sonia 2011/03/04 11:00:36
    no suicide bombing is glamorous!
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