International Red Cross: do videogames violate the Hague Convention?
"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 virtually violating IHL. 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. 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"
Hat tip to reader Counsel Dew....
Yes, there is. Go away. One more reason my spare cash goes to the Salvation Army rather than the Red Cross. (The first reason dates back to my father's experience during WWII. Yes, we hold grudges.
UPDATE: Dad's experience came after his father died while he was serving. Red Cross had promoted a program that supposedly covered getting a serviceman home for a parent's funeral. He applied, and found requirement after requirement -- assign your tiny salary to us, do this and that, fill in more forms, etc.. Finally the company gambler/loanshark said this was all BS and loaned him the money with no interest. Dad said it was a heck of a situation when the company loanshark is more helpful than a major charity!
I read in William Manchester's recollections of war in the Pacific that he was angry at the RC, too, since they would collect cigarettes donated by civilians for servicemen, and then charge the servicemen full price for them.