Roger Waters Is Disproportion Personified
In a looooong, unbelievably dull article on the (predictably anti-Israel) Salon website called “Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why Moral Perversity of U.S. Position in Gaza is Stunning,” Herr Waters proves once again that he is the biggest blowhard on the anti-Israel bandwagon.
First of all, I loved that they had to remind you who the guy is by identifying him as “Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters” in the title. Because most people today would wonder who the hell this “Roger Waters” guy is and why his opinion is worth 10-15 minutes of my precious time. Oh, that’s right, we should value the opinion of that guy who wrote some (admittedly terrific) music that still gets played a bit on classic rock stations, even though he hasn’t written a recognizable song since 1979 (the year The Wall was released) and has in fact been living off his magnum opus ever since.
Taking a look at the article we see that its really the same old drivel he has been spinning for years now (which is ironic when you follow the trajectory of his career and notice it follows the same pattern).
The article opens with this statement:
The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of cease-fire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel.
Right off the bat he gets down to it. This is carnage. And its all because of the evil Joos. Waters of course does not mention that it has been Hamas that has consistently broken the cease-fires and has stubbornly insisted on continuing the conflict and thereby endangering the lives of “innocent” Gazans.
The U.S. could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won’t. Instead, it’s cheerleading. Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose – Sen. Rand Paul in particular – and invoke Israel’s right to self-defense, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.
Here we have Waters’ typical anti-Semitic canard that Members of Congress are being controlled by evil Zionists. If Waters knew anything at all about the U.S. and its relationship with Israel, he would know that Members of Congress are in fact representing the opinions of the U.S. electorate which is strongly pro-Israel. He then continues with the excruciatingly dopey suggestion that Israel should be protecting the poor innocent Palestinians – presumably regardless of how many rockets and mortars they fire at our communities. Roger and his ilk would of course never understand that Israel in fact HAS been going OUT OF ITS WAY to protect Palestinian civilians while at the same time protecting its own. Its his buddies in Hamas that are virtually universally blamed for igniting and perpetuating the conflict.
Do congressional leaders ever stop to wonder what they would do if they were born Palestinian, had their homes and private property stolen from them, and were forced to live without freedom under an illegal Israeli occupation for 47 years? Do they know what it means to be on the receiving end of Israel’s barbaric “mow the lawn” euphemism? Scarcely a word is said about the rights of Palestinians who are being pummeled from the sky and shot dead in their neighborhoods by the region’s most powerful military. What, I wonder, would Americans do if it were their neighborhoods being invaded and if they were the ones living under siege? I think it’s safe to say Americans wouldn’t stand for it.
This is a pathetic attempt to appeal to Americans’ sense of Patriotism. He’s saying: The Palestinians are like the Americans in the War of Independence and the Israelis are like the British. Its a disgraceful comparison considering that it is in fact millions of Israelis that are being forced to play a dangerous game of roulette with explosive projectiles continuously being lobbed into our population areas in the south and center of the country. And its our civilians that are the intended targets of those terror tunnels that lead into our settlements with the expressed intention of killing and kidnapping our citizens. And Roger, I think the question “what would Americans do if their cities were under constant terrorist rocket fire”? has been answered over and over again. The answer is an emphatic “they would not stand for it, and for that reason the majority side with Israel.”
Of course Waters barely mentions the little niggling matter of random rocket fire on Israeli communities, and when he does, he actually immediately excuses it:
It is easy for those of us who do not live under the tyranny of the occupation to condemn the military wing of Hamas for using randomly fired rockets that might cause civilian casualties in neighboring Israel, and I do unreservedly condemn it. Having said that, an occupied population has the legal right to resist the military of the occupier.
Call me crazy, but the construction of this condemnation seems to be awfully weighted towards excusing it. The only way I can read this paragraph is to understand it as meaning “Random rocket fire is bad…… unless you are occupied by Zionazis, in which case you obviously have no choice”.
Other highlights of the article include a desperate attempt to show that he is not in fact an antisemite since he agrees with some well known self haters such as Henry Siegman whose interview on fellow self hater Amy Goodman’s (almost unknown outside lunatic progressive circles) news program “Democracy Now” he points out as being a sterling example of a Jew behaving himself in an acceptable manner by lambasting Israel. He also give a shout out to the odious Jewish Voice for Peace (whose advisory board includes Noam Chomsky to give you an idea of what they are like) and I think he forgot to mention the Satmars and the Neturei Karta.
He suggests that CNN and Fox News should stop interviewing Israelis who agree with the majority opinion (i.e. that Peace is not possible until Palestinians completely renounce violence) and instead should interview more of these self haters. So basically he wants to shut up any opinion that isn’t his….
He also appears to be answering critics who accuse him of ignoring other conflicts happening around the world in this paragraph:
On a personal note, I am pro-human rights for all peoples all over the world. I am pro-peace for all Israelis and Palestinians. I am not singling out Israel. I deplore all abuses and violence, whether in Syria, China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, England, the USA, Egypt, Libya, wherever. That said, international law was designed to protect against such human rights violations and should be applied fairly to all.
Way to go Roger!! After all the umpteen thousand words you have written singling out Israel as the only evil doer on the planet, I do think that is the first time you have even mentioned these human rights abusers! Bravo!! Although I personally think 50 words out of thousands dedicated to a handful of conflict regions that have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and the displacement of millions may just a tad light, don’t you? Talk about disproportionate.
Oh, and Waters ends the article with one of the most sophomoric attempts at poetry I have seen since my 7 year old son was forced to write a birthday greeting for his sister. I will save you the ordeal of reading it by not posting it here, but suffice it to say that now we understand why Waters hasn’t been particularly … ahem…. prolific in the creative department in the last few decades.