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Army hosts teen game tournament, accused of 'military pedophilia'


My thanks to Veterans for Peace for giving me my favorite new term for 2008. Yes, the US army has been accused of "military pedophilia" after hosting a gaming tournament for teenagers, as protesters criticized the event for targeting youngsters.

The Army-sponsored tourney was held in Rancho Cordova, California on Saturday, and offered a chance to get to grips with the controversial America's Army game. The Veterans for Peace organization staged a protest, where member John Reiger claimed: "It's like giving candy to kids. It's sort of like military pedophilia in a way, preying on our young people."

Amusingly, the Army's response did little to make the affair sound less like a big pubescent gang bang: "The event is nothing more than an opportunity for people to become familiar with the Army." Oh yes ... very familiar.

Although the term "military pedophilia" is hilariously overboard, I quasi-agree with the stance that targeting young people like this is particularly insidious. I don't like it when the Church tries to coax kids through its doors with Halo nights, and I don't like it when the Army does the same. Kids should have a chance to get done with being kids before people start attempting to sway them toward life-altering decisions.

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