MUSLIMS IN BRITAIN were reportedly
incensed over the release of a computer game called "Muslim Massacre," advertised by its creators
as a "game of modern religious genocide." The game, available by free
download on the Internet, urges players to "wipe out the Muslim race with
an arsenal of the world's most destructive weapons," according to the UK-based ash-Sharq
Predictably, Muslim condemnation of
the game was swift and harsh.
"The makers of this 'game'
should be quite ashamed of themselves," insisted Inayat Bunglawala,
spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain.
"Encouraging children and young
people in a game to kill Muslims is unacceptable, tasteless, and deeply
offensive," growled Mohammed Shafiq, CEO of the UK-based Ramadhan
A columnist for the UAE-based Gulf
News called it a "sure-fire
way to incite hatred...It is invidious in its concept and it is invidious that
it is available to everyone on the Internet."
While the "Muslim
Massacre" video game is undoubtedly hate-filled and extremely tasteless,
the reactions of some Muslims groups are hypocritical.
Where was the widespread
condemnation of the Hamas terrorist organization's video game entitled "Taht al-Hisaar" (Under Occupation)? Young
children--the software provider claims it is suitable for children 13 and
up--assume the role of Palestinian gunmen who fire automatic weapons upon
Israelis. There can be no doubt that this game was designed to incite children
Similarly, there was a dearth of
condemnations after the release of Hezbollah's video game "Special Forces
2," which glorifies the 2006 war between the Lebanese terrorist group and
Israel. Players assume the role of Hezbollah fighters, and earn points by
capturing or killing Israeli soldiers and firing rockets into Israel. According
to one Hezbollah mouthpiece, "Through this game the child can build an
idea that this enemy can be defeated." This game was a sequel to the first
"Special Forces," a wildly popular game that glorified the killing of
Israelis, first produced by Hezbollah in 2002.
It is also important to note the
lack of a widespread response among Muslims worldwide to the Mickey Mouse
character featured on Hamas's al-Aqsa television that exhorted Palestinian children
to "liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and
liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers." When
Farfour, the spite-filled Disney-knock off, was finally yanked from the show,
it was explained that he was "martyred while defending his land," by
the "killers of children."
Moreover, what about the hatred
taught at Saudi-sponsored madrassas? These
schools, funded by U.S. petrodollars, are known to incite hatred against the
West among Muslims on a wide scale around the world. For example, in a
tenth-grade Saudi class, students are told, "The hour will not come until
Muslims will fight the Jews and Muslims will kill all the Jews." In a
ninth-grade grade class, students are told that, "Jihad against the
enemies is a religious duty." In an Arabic literature class, students are
taught, "There are two happy endings for Jihad fighters in God's cause: victory
These are merely a sampling of some
of the most egregious examples of education in the Muslim world, where kids are
encouraged to be anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and simply hateful
to others in the spirit of Islamism.
This is what makes the condemnation
of "Muslim Massacre" so hypocritical and half-hearted. Indeed, until
Muslims worldwide condemn the incitement and hatred taught to Muslim children
around the world by their co-religionists, the outrage against anti-Muslim
hatred on the part of Muslim groups appears insincere, at best.
Western values have taught us to
unequivocally condemn "Muslim Massacre," or any other game that would
incite children to blindly hate another faith. Until Muslim groups adopt this
approach, too, they can expect to be accused of being apologists for violence,
and as pawns for dangerous Middle East states that only attempt to further the
Islamist agenda in the West.