When you listen to today's politicians and news reporters, you get the idea that the war on terror is over. And while it's true that we've adjusted our military strategy over the years, in many other ways, the war against extremists continues.
One of the most interesting ways to recently emerge is the video game that was recently released by the FBI. With its catchy title, "The Slippery Slope to Violent Extremism," the game aims to teach kids the dangers of terrorism. It features a quirky goat which will explode when it hits other objects. To play, users steer the goat around those objects to avoid being destroyed.
At certain checkpoints, the game also features messages of the twisted logic that extremists use to recruit young, impressionable children. Players are prompted to "avoid distorted logic" throughout the game.
The extremist propaganda intensifies as the game progresses, and players must dodge messages like, "Our group is under attack" and "We must defend our traditions" and "Violent actions will result in a better future."
FBI representatives behind the game explained, "Extremist groups and individuals often appear in communities struggling with social or political issues. Rather than improving these situations or their own lives through constructive actions, violent extremists often place the blame on another person or group. They argue that the only solution to these problems or injustices is to violently oppose and even destroy those they claim are responsible. Placing blame is an effective way to recruit people with feelings of frustration and turn them into a group united by a sense of purpose. It enables extremists to invent an “enemy” that must be destroyed. This makes violence seem like the best solution and even a moral duty."