FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Microsoft Tied to Terrorism and Piracy? or Video Games Saved My Life or Defeating Al-Shabab One Playstation at a Time

Microsoft tied to Terrorism and Piracy? or Video Games Saved My Life or Defeating Al-Shabab One Playstation at a Time

   The Guardian published a mildly amusing article last week: Somalia video games boom dents al-Shabaab recruitment.  To think, DoD has been racking its brain trying to squash Shabaab and piracy and all they needed was Playstations!  

    So an obvious question arises (biensur): does Microsoft (Xbox) support terrorism and piracy?

It seems obvious that they must.  Both Nintendo and Playstations are mentioned as being used by Somali youths, yet Xbox is conspicuously absent.  I will follow this closely to see if Microsoft will come out officially and on the record as being against terrorism.  

I think a good start would be for Microsoft to air drop a few thousand 

My favorite quote:

"Many of my friends are unlucky and have taken part in the violence in the country. Some of them have died. Others are carrying guns around. In some ways, video games have saved my life," Ali Abdi said.


***Hopefully you realize that my intent in asking if Microsoft supports terrorism is satirical***

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