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Six hundred million gamers could be war criminals, Red Cross says
News.com.au ^ | December 08, 2011 | Claire Connelly

Posted on 12/09/2011 2:39:49 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll

THE Red Cross is investigating whether 600 million gamers are violating the Hague and Geneva conventions when they kill and blow stuff up for fun.

Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised the concerns over the potential “International Humanitarian Law” violations – which can constitute war crimes - during a workshop in Geneva.

“Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games,” the Red Cross wrote in its daily bulletin.

“While National Societies shared their experiences and opinions, there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ayrabcatholic; economy; frags; gamers; gibs; redcross; warcriminals
But are they entitled to a virtual Miranda warning?
1 posted on 12/09/2011 2:39:58 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll
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To: Da Bilge Troll

If you take away their games they might do it for real?


2 posted on 12/09/2011 2:46:12 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Perry Christmas & Happy Newt Year!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Isn’t the Red Crescent Hamas? PLO?


3 posted on 12/09/2011 2:46:55 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action.”

Just like global swarming, what a bunch of bologna.


4 posted on 12/09/2011 2:47:47 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
Mr Billingsley also said there is no way the conventions could apply to individuals because they were state-based.

“There are concerns about the blurring of fantasy and reality,” he said.

“There’s a danger of war becoming a spectator sport. People need to realise that this is real stuff.”

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/gaming/six-hundred-million-gamers-could-be-war-criminals-red-cross-says/story-e6frfrt9-1226216184190#ixzz1g50NccZV

Whoa, just a minute folks. No, this is not "real stuff" - it is a game people, a game.

Sheesh, what's next, hate crime penalties for poker players? After all, when they go for a flush, they're discriminating against cards of a certain color...

5 posted on 12/09/2011 2:48:03 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

The Red Cross may be right. Look at that idiot in the WH gaming being a president.


6 posted on 12/09/2011 2:49:30 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Another false claim-—this is a HOAX.


7 posted on 12/09/2011 2:50:19 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

I think this was debunked on Fox. Still, the Hague will probably be the setting in the next “Fallout”.


8 posted on 12/09/2011 2:50:36 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
Anybody know what the statute of limitations might be for traffic offenses committed on Atari Night Driver?


9 posted on 12/09/2011 2:50:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

10 posted on 12/09/2011 2:52:46 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Da Bilge Troll

“The Red Cross said if it finds the conventions have been violated, they may ask game  developers to conform to international laws or encourage governments to create laws that regulate the gaming industry, Kotaku reported.”

Go screw yourself, loser.


11 posted on 12/09/2011 2:54:04 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny ("Fair share" are the last two words I hear before I stop taking someone seriously.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

This is a fake story. Fox covered it this AM.


12 posted on 12/09/2011 2:54:51 PM PST by marty60
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To: Da Bilge Troll

And Monopoly cause greed?


13 posted on 12/09/2011 2:56:18 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Yeah, I wasted 50 or 60 assorted commies, ragheads and Somali skinnies in the last twenty minutes or so on MW3, and I've gotta tell you, it just leaves me wanting to do the real thing.

14 posted on 12/09/2011 2:59:42 PM PST by Kenton (At the heart of liberal thought is the arrogant self-delusion of Enlightenment.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Call of Duty World at War, Sgt Reznov a war criminal? You betcha. :o)


15 posted on 12/09/2011 3:00:41 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO YOU ELECT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Not to worry, Dixie Carter is dragging doughnuts from the salvation army to the prisoners...... for free


16 posted on 12/09/2011 3:02:12 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Maybe we shouldn’t let kids hit pinatas because they might start hitting real people with sticks in the future.

Maybe they shouldn’t play pin-the-tail on the donkey because they might think it’s okay to stick sharp things into people.

Maybe they shouldn’t be allowed to kick soccer balls, or hit baseballs, or block and tackle in football.

Maybe they shouldn’t be allowed to read or write or think about anything violent, because they might get confused and act out whatever they read or wrote or thought of.

Maybe we should control their minds so that there is no chance they will do anything we don’t approve of.

.


17 posted on 12/09/2011 3:03:32 PM PST by bobk333
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To: Da Bilge Troll
THE Red Cross is investigating whether 600 million gamers are violating the Hague and Geneva conventions when they kill and blow stuff up for fun.

Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised the concerns over the potential “International Humanitarian Law” violations – which can constitute war crimes - during a workshop in Geneva.

Drop dead you pathetic morons

18 posted on 12/09/2011 3:03:47 PM PST by Charlespg
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To: Da Bilge Troll
And the real cause for the real estate bubble is:

Monopoly.

Also to quote the Federal Reserve charter Monopoly rules: If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much as needed by writing on any ordinary paper.

19 posted on 12/09/2011 3:11:26 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

It’s pretty pathetic that it’s this hard to tell if a story’s real or not, but I guess that’s just the time we live in...


20 posted on 12/09/2011 3:15:39 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Leftist Utopians are hilarious tyrants.


21 posted on 12/09/2011 3:17:47 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bobk333
Maybe we should control their minds so that there is no chance they will do anything we don’t approve of.

"Dr. Skinner. Paging Dr. Skinner. Dr. Skinner to the white operant conditioning phone..."

22 posted on 12/09/2011 3:18:30 PM PST by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Da Bilge Troll.
Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised the concerns over the potential "International Humanitarian Law" violations -- which can constitute war crimes -- during a workshop in Geneva. "Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games," the Red Cross wrote in its daily bulletin.
The International Red Cross is guilty of decades of bigotry regarding its treatment of the Israeli aid organization.

But specific to this topic -- calling video games violations of law is easily the most stupid thing the Red Cross has ever been associated with -- and remember, it is closely associated with the Red Crescent.


23 posted on 12/09/2011 3:30:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Joe 6-pack

eh, I’m more worried about the hundreds of cities I let be torched while playing Missile Command.


24 posted on 12/09/2011 3:34:25 PM PST by brothers4thID (Death had to take him sleeping, else he would have put up a fight.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
Jeez...we better bring in the owners of Sierra, the maker of FEAR, along with my friend who loves playing war games.

We better arrest Bill Gates, for indirectly contributing to war games and gamers and video machine builcers.

25 posted on 12/09/2011 3:44:55 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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To: Rudder
this is a HOAX.

For now.

26 posted on 12/09/2011 3:50:12 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
"Kill Japs! Kill Japs! Kill more Japs!" - Bull Halsey. . . I can only imagine the panty-wetting that would happen in reaction to that utterance today.
27 posted on 12/09/2011 3:58:15 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
I knew that my excessive use of depleted uranium would catch up with me, someday...


28 posted on 12/09/2011 4:05:19 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Way, way too much time on their hands.


29 posted on 12/09/2011 4:09:42 PM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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30 posted on 12/09/2011 4:16:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Oh, dear.

I killed over 220,000 alliance in World of Warcraft. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of various other humanoids I encountered in that game.

If I stop posting on Free Republic, we’ll know that the international law finally caught up with me.

Will “They shouldn’t have been alliance” be a suitable defense for my war crimes trial, I wonder?


31 posted on 12/09/2011 4:44:56 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

These are pussies that excoriate the West and say little about the crimes of radical Islamists. They do this because it is safer.


32 posted on 12/09/2011 4:48:37 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Rudder
Not a hoax.

Daily bulletin - 1st December

"..Video games and IHL: how should the Movement take action?

While the Movement works vigorously to promote international humanitarian law (IHL) worldwide, there is also an audience of approximately 600 million gamers who may be violating IHL in the virtual world. Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed their role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games. In a side event, participants were asked: “what should we do, and what is the most effective method?” While National Societies shared their experiences and opinions, there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action..."

33 posted on 12/09/2011 5:00:00 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Relax. Disproven, disproven, disproven...


34 posted on 12/09/2011 5:00:17 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Ken H
It is not a hoax. See post 33.
35 posted on 12/09/2011 5:03:00 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Future Snake Eater

See 33.


36 posted on 12/09/2011 5:04:16 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

The American Red Cross is denying it.


37 posted on 12/09/2011 5:05:36 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Charles Martel
The Greeniez will get on you for depleting our natural supplies of Uranium.

Oh.

Umm, wait--maybe not.

≤}B^)

38 posted on 12/09/2011 5:12:19 PM PST by Erasmus
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To: Future Snake Eater
The link is from their conference. It is their site.

31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

"..The Statutes of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement state "The International Conference is the supreme deliberative body for the Movement". At the International Conference, representatives of the components of the Movement meet with representatives of the States Party to the Geneva Conventions (…). Together they examine and decide upon humanitarian matters of common interest and any other related matter" (Art. 8)..."

39 posted on 12/09/2011 5:14:41 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Da Bilge Troll

600 million gamers never signed the Hague or Geneva Conventions, so they don’t apply to them.


40 posted on 12/09/2011 5:52:11 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: bobk333
Maybe we shouldn’t let kids hit pinatas because they might start hitting real people with sticks in the future.

Hey! I really thought "Pinata" was "Midget" in Spanish! It was a misunderstanding and I apologized! Just drop it!

Jeez!

41 posted on 12/09/2011 7:03:40 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Okay, I think you have a valid point, which I see as:

The Movement wants to go from deliberation to action on the matter of Cyber War Crimes, but they realize it is not yet politically expeditious to do so.

Letting the bright light of day shine upon this scheme should be a good way of defeating such nonsense.

42 posted on 12/09/2011 8:43:25 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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Hoax or not, the whole story is the result of people with too much time on their hands.


43 posted on 12/10/2011 4:39:06 PM PST by Jenny217
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