Attempted Assassination Of Fidel Castro Foiled, Cubans Livid
After surviving 600 attempts to take his life, Cuba's Fidel Castro is under an attack he cannot win. A California video game company, Activision Blizzard Inc., launched “Call of Duty, Black Ops", a game in which special forces are sent on secret missions to old cold war countries including Vietnam, Laos and Russia. The assassination of Fidel Castro is one of the first targets in the game.
"I think I hold the dubious record of having been the target of more assassination attempts than any politician, in any country, in any era," the Associated Press reported Castro as saying.
"What the United States couldn't accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually," an article on Cubadebate (Cuba Debate) said in Spanish. Cubadebate is the Cuba state-run news service.
“The logic of this new game is doubly perverse:” Cubadebate continues. “Firstly, the attacks glorify illegal plans of the United States government against Cuban leader Fidel (Castro)…then it encourages sociopathic attitudes of American children and adolescents, the main consumers of these virtual games.”
The comment is based upon the botched Bay-of-Pigs attack foiled during the John F. Kennedy Presidency. It reflects a resentment long held by the island nation because it’s president refuses to allow leadership to fall outside of family hands.
The Cubadebate report suggests violent video games are bad for US children.
“The company says its new version of Activision's 'Call of Duty' on the Internet can play up to 18 people simultaneously, which guarantees virtual armed clashes and spectacular assassinations” Cubadebate states. “undoubtedly, (it is) entertainment for psychopaths.”
As Cuba struggles with how to open itself to the free world, one thing is sure. Activision won't be on the approved list of companies.Continued on the next page