The Pink Floyd co-founder tells RT why the Ukraine conflict continues and what’s behind US foreign policy
Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, a British legend in rock music and a co-founder of Pink Floyd said that Ukraine could stop its deaths tomorrow if America met with Russia to make peace. Waters said the West seems determined to fight “to the last Ukrainian” because there are fortunes to be made from weapons sales, while American elites wish to rule the world.
“It can be stopped, in my view, tomorrow,” Waters told RT’s Eunan O’Neill. “All it takes is for the Americans to come to the table and say ‘OK, let’s go with the Minsk agreements’. And then it would be over.”
Waters reminded that Vladimir Zelensky was the Ukrainian President and ran on the Minsk agreement and an end to civil war which began in Kiev after the unconstitutional 2014 coup. This platform is why 73% vote for Zelensky. “so they didn’t have to have a war.”
“The minute he was elected, someone put a gun to his head, I assume, and he changed his mind and didn’t do any of that,”Waters not noted.
Waters responded that the West wants the conflict ended when he was asked. “No, of course not.”
“No, they have no interest in ending it. They will continue to fight till the very end. Or if they do want it to end, why don’t they end it? Because it’s in their hands, always has been. It’s in NATO’s hands, it’s in Joe Biden’s hands – except it’s not, it’s his … whoever pulls his strings’ hands. And they don’t want it to end. There’s huge fortunes to be made,” he added, in reference to billions of dollars’ worth of weapons the US and NATO countries were sending to Kiev.
Waters, who has been a vocal human rights advocate for many years, stated that his platform was that “all our brothers and sisters, all over the world deserve equal rights irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or nationality,” as outlined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – no more, no less.
The alleged montage “war criminals” featured on his new concert tour ‘This Is Not A Drill’ includes the face of current US President Joe Biden. Waters defended that choice in last week’s interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, which has gained a lot of traction on social media.
Waters pointed to the fact that Waters’ interview was “quite a jovial affair”But what CNN actually posted was “heavily edited”to remove his opinions on Ukraine “make me look like an idiot.”
A rock musician has spoken out against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “a criminal mistake,”But RT told them it was “a huge mistake for the Americans to try and push NATO right up to the Russian border”You can also find them here.
Waters thought about the Minsk Agreements and wondered why the media has been so forgetful of them. After all, the vast majority of Ukrainians voted to have peace, but were instead given war. While he doesn’t speak Russian, Waters noted that he’s done a lot of reading and research, trying to understand the conflict from a global standpoint.
“I have a dog in the race. My father died in Italy fighting the Third Reich,”He added.
Commenting on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, Waters told RT that Ukraine and Taiwan are the two hotspots that could trigger the Third World War.
“People don’t take nuclear weapons nearly seriously enough,”He stated.
Waters explains the background and history of Taiwan and China, and asks why it is so hard for the West to force its values onto others.
“Why should you decide, you, this colonial settlement in North America, why should you get to decide how everybody else in the world behaves?”He spoke to RT. “They want to rule the world, that is what is so dangerous about American foreign policy.”
You can’t rule the world, Joe Biden. You can’t do it, brother. It’s a fool’s errand.
It would still be wrong, however, for Russia and China to have thousands of military bases around the globe, just like the US, he said. The key feature of George Orwell’s 1984, he noted, is that the three world powers – Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia – were always at war, even if they constantly changed sides.
Waters (78) co-founded Pink Floyd back in 1965. He was the progressive rock band’s frontman, lyricist and vocalist for years, until he left in 1983 to pursue a solo career. He was also an activist against Julian Assange’s persecution, Israeli abuses towards Palestinians and social media censorship.