Russian media takes cue from left; blames attack on US video game

Blaming the US for their own security failures is pretty base, but the Russians sure must have been watching the aftermath of the Tucson shootings to come up with this one:

As Russia's president, Dmitri Medvedev, criticized airport officials for allowing a suicide bomber to enter the Domdedovo airport in Moscow on Monday, a Russian television report suggested that an American video game might also be to blame. Russia Today, a government-financed satellite channel, broadcast a report that mixed footage of the aftermath of the attack with gory scenes from a video game, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," which allows players to take part in a terrorist attack on a Russian airport.

Russia Today's report, which emphasized that the video game was made by Americans, included an interview with Walid Phares, a Fox News terrorism analyst, who suggested that terrorists might be using virtual games like this one to train for real attacks. "I think those who have been radicalized already - let's suppose in this case jihadists, Al Qaeda or [some] other kind - they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train," Mr. Phares said.

The report asserts that the suicide bombing on Monday "mirrors" the video game's scenario. In fact, the game dramatizes a commando raid on a Moscow airport that much more closely resembles the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008.

The idea that the video game radicalized some poor Muslim and gave them the idea to hit the airport is as absurd as saying Sarah Palin was responsible for the Tucson shootings. In this, the left and the Russian media  share a kind of delusion that only comes from seeing the world through a partisan prism.

I suggest the Russian media take a reality check and get back to the business of trying to find out how this could have happened.

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