Originally posted by Cappa
Yes, in the game, every time the "Fifth Freedom" was invoked, Sam Fisher's superior had to get permission from the joint chiefs (of staff). Which
pretty much means the JC's don't necessarily involve the President in the least. That, if you think about it, is the scary part. Mainly because it
eliminates the balance of power-- the one thing that a lot of liberals and congressmen and judges (and pretty much everyone except them) fear the most
is Army/Navy/Marine Generals exercising assassination without their approval.
That is an interesting observation. However, I don't find it particularly scary. What is scary to me is military operations as a political tool. I
believe in the more philosophical aspect of war, and this is why I believe the politician is always more dangerous than the military man. A politician
fights on either ideals or aspiration. He doesn't know what war is really about, which is why he thinks he can use military forces however he sees
fit. I would rather trust our nation to the JCS rather than a president, who is clouded by his own arrogance and wishes
Indeed it does, but the funny thing is, things like this are not brought under scrutiny nor do they help bring these conspiratorical aspects of
the gov't into light. I mean, really, the last time I heard anything about any video game in the news was for Grand Theft Auto 3/Vice City--
and how violent they were.
I could give a rats arse about the UNLIMITED violence in video games, of which GTA3/VC really was just a grand display of such. I would much rather
see a White House reporter stand up and ask the President directly to explain the "Fifth Freedom" on national TV. I would pay to see that, as a
matter of fact, because THAT'S the sort of thing that would force some sort of change in the U.S.
Dude, that was so deep. And so true too. I think a big problem America has is it's inability to balance or see what the big issues are. For one
thing, violent video games are works of art. You can't criticize art. If you don't like it, then don't look at it. But the "Fifth Freedom" thing,
for example, is totally different. Fifth Freedom, if it's a way of doing things in America, is a very serious matter. You can erase art or not look
at it, but you can't do that to a way a country works or how it treats it's people or other people of the world. That is far more serious than a
work of art you can completely avoid and is rudimently harmless.
In fact, what you said reminds me of the song "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals. It was a huge hit, one of my favorites, but it was
contrevorsial because of it's final line:
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson,
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes run to your mansions,
Come around, we'll kick your @$$ in!
Let's admit it, challenging other, bigger celebs, the big fish so to speak with big fan bases will generate hostility. But let's look at the lyrics
just before the final line:
Health insurance rip-off lying
F.D.A big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Those were huge issues of the day (1998, and some are still big today. H.M.O. corruption, insurance scams of all sorts, corporate corruption, cloning,
and if it doesn't work, clone again. But people didn't notice those issues, they saw the direct challenge to the other celebs and made a big deal
out of that. New Radicals said it themselves, they wanted to see just how "off" people really were. Boy were they right! The results of the song
showed that celebreties and entertainment are far more important than the issues on how our country runs. Or, the term the New Radicals used, the REAL
issues. And we all know what the real issues are.
Good point. I'm very glad you brought it up.
[Edited on 4-4-2004 by sweatmonicaIdo]