Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters explained that he labeled President Joe Biden as a “war criminal” during his “This Is Not a Drill” concert over the administration’s role in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
In an interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Waters revealed why he featured a video montage of “war criminals” that concludes with a photo of President Biden with superimposed text that reads: “War criminal. Just getting started.”
“Well, he’s fueling the fire in Ukraine for a start, and that is a huge crime,” Waters stated. “Why won’t the United States of America encourage Zelensky (Ukraine’s President) to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war… That’s killing, we don’t know how many Ukrainians.”
Smerconish insisted that Waters was “blaming the party that got invaded,” and had it “in reverse,” but the rocker insisted that “in any war,” people need to “look at the history” to understand the conflict.
“This war is basically about the action and reaction of NATO pushing up to the Russian border, which they promised that they wouldn’t do when Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from the whole of Eastern Europe.”
Smerconish pushed back to asking about the United States “role as liberators,” which Waters shot back that the nation has “no role as liberators.” The CNN journalist cited WWII as contrary evidence, but the English musician insisted that the nation only got involved because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“You were completely isolationists until that devastating, awful day,” he highlighted, adding that the “Russians had already won the bloody war by then. Don’t forget that 23 million Russians died protecting you and me from the Nazi menace.”
Smerconish argued, “you would think that the Russians would have learned their lesson from war and wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine.”
Waters suggested that the CNN reporter read some world history, then try to “figure out what the United States would do if the Chinese were putting nuclear armed missiles into Mexico and Canada.”
Watch the interview: