Roger Waters: Another star falls from grace due to Syrian civil war

Western countries are hypocritical on the concepts they claim to believe in such as democracy and human rights when it comes to non-Western people and their suffering

He was the front man of one of the best rock ‘n’ roll groups of all time. Some of his songs are considered the greatest in the history of rock. When he toured “The Wall Live” from 2010 to 2013, he played to over 4 million fans – the largest tour for a solo artist.

He stole our hearts when he dared to speak out against Israel. He traveled to the West Bank, talked to Palestinians in the occupied territories and sprayed the famous lyrics of “Another Brick in the Wall” – “We don’t need your thought control” – on the Israeli-Palestinian security barrier in Bethlehem in 2006. We loved him so much because he is one of a few American musicians who defend Palestinian rights.However, former Pink Floyd singer and bassist Roger Waters disappointed us this time. Echoing Bashar Assad’s propaganda, he implied that Syria’s White Helmets had staged a recent chemical attack that prompted U.S.-led missile strikes on Syrian regime targets. Waters made the accusation during a gig Friday in Barcelona where he called the volunteer first responders a “fake organization” that created propaganda for “jihadists and terrorists.” He then claimed that by listening to propaganda from the White Helmets and others “we would be encouraged to encourage our governments to go and start dropping bombs on people in Syria.”

Well, someone has already been dropping bombs on Syrian people, but Waters either does not know, or does not care. It is sad to see someone who advocates for peace and justice for Palestinians show himself to be profoundly ignorant of what has happened in Syria for seven years. I completely share his deep feelings of distrust for Western governments, but it is disappointing to see that his conception of Western policies on the Middle East makes him blind to the crimes of dictators like Assad, the butcher of Syria.

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