Thursday, June 4, 2009
Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb?
Yet another high-profile rock star has decided to make Israel's security fence his cause celebre.
Roger Waters, the Pink Floyd frontman and bassist, spoke out this week against Israel and said he'd only play a concert again in the Holy Land if the Israelis "tear down the wall", as it were.
You can read the full story here on NME's website
Hey Roger, you had some lyrics awhile back, I believe your last studio album, Amused To Death - released a full 15 years ago, mind you - contained the following lyrics for the song Perfect Sense Part 1.
"And the Germans killed the Jews
And the Jews killed the Arabs
And Arabs killed the hostages
And that is the news.
And is it any wonder
That the monkey's confused?"
Waters, I love your music, but you are the monkey in this instance. There's a reason the wall is up. And no, it's not the same as the Berlin wall, which stood to separate the communist eastern block from the West on a matter of political ideology. The Israeli fence was erected to keep real-life, suicide bombers and terrorists out of the Middle East's only democracy, where they had been killing people indiscriminately for years.
If people were attempting to come into your home through your front door to kill you on a regular basis, it's likely you'd augment your security systems, right? This is simply on a grander scale.
Read Hamas' charter. Listen to the P.A.'s daily radio and TV broadcasts and audit the Palestinian primary school system. It will enlighten you.
And yes, there are two sides to every story. But make sure you understand BOTH sides before passing judgment. There's a reason rock stars aren't in politics, I think.