This is something I've been thinking about for a while with regard to this forum. When does some historical event become sufficiently in the past to be discussed here without it being "too political"? Surely there must be a time.
I'm thinking about things like the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Saying that that is too political to discuss now is like saying the Second World War is too political to discuss in 1962.
The Ethics of Wargaming
I was led to reflect upon the "ethics" of wargaming when we began to discuss the intersection of
politics and current events with our favorite hobby. I, for one, almost never think of that when I am playing
a move in a WWI scene, or Barbarossa, or The Next War (1979) or even in modern conflict simulation
(like, perhaps, Syria or Mogadishu).
But, I find myself often thinking of the politics and views behind a scene (in a historical context) ...
from the standpoint of Upton Sinclair's "Lanny Budd" series, or from Nazi apologetics (I forget
that university study about that at the moment), or from the take of all the many reviews of Korea,
Viet Nam, and so forth.
My personal hobbyhorse is the Holocaust, and that can be completely another can of worms
but it does chaff a bit in the back of my mind, that our WWII Barbarossa scenes, by and large, do not
take that aspect of Barbarossa into account (except, maybe, by house rule in, say, TOAWIV FitE2).
My point here is, that whether you are playing WWI Germans, or WWII Soviets, or Chinese Communist in Korea,
or WHICHEVER side you are playing, that there are politics at work in the background ... unless you are playing
simply ground rules, to shoot the other guy. And that is a bit boring: the politics of a scene are as essential
as are the ground units.
To sum up my rambling thought: I think the distinction needs to be made between:
(a) discussing the political milieu of a scenario of a game, and
(b) discussing the pure politics of a current political event.
There are plenty of other forums "out there" for (b).
Here, I am glad that Matrix has made space for only (a)
Have a great gaming day!!!!!!