From: Los Angeles
So, let me see if I understand the POV of those would-be censors.
We can't play wargames from *anywhere* that are depicting conflicts dated pre-1850. Because those may portray some benefit to the global and pervasive practice of slavery.
We can't play the Southern Confederacy in the US Civil War because of their espousal of States' Rights and the ongoing practice of slavery. We can't play the Nazis in games set in WWII. We shouldn't play the Japanese either. Or the US, what with firebombing of German and Japanese cities. The British? Don't make me laugh-see my explanation for the US. Plus, much of the British commonwealth was built upon the practice of slavery-see Jamaica and the West Indies. So no Commonwealth forces.
We probably shouldn't play anything Communist, whether that's Stalin's Soviet Union or more modern China in a Segue to the Korean War. Same with NVA in Vietnam.
We probably shouldn't play any country on Earth because of inherent racism at some point or the other in their history.
And war as a concept and practice is a terrible venture that isn't appropriate to discuss, play games with or practice. We should go into the next war blind, deaf and naive and learn nothing from history other than that which the liberal MSM squeals at us incessantly.
I've heard iterations of this story off and on for 30 years. Always by those that think their political torch du jour is the most important thing ever and that those who think differently should be silenced, banned or cut off.
There's also the point that wargames can be a valuable tool for the exploration of history. Did the Confederacy have no chance, as proponents of the "Lost Cause" have argued, or did they throw away golden opportunities such as the aftermath of Chickamauga? Could the Allies have invaded Japan and obtained a surrender with casualties fewer than the atomic bombs? (Some 40 years ago, the Smithsonian was urged to display an estimate of 50,000 fatalities for a conventional invasion in its display of the a-bomb missions, a preposterously low number.) If we can only play politically correct games, we'll be mostly playing science fiction. (Which isn't bad of itself, but we'll have to give up a lot.)
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?