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Roger Waters Speaks Out Against the ‘Idiocy of Our Foreign Policies’

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It’s no secret that Roger Waters is no fan of war. His father’s death in World War II, coming when Waters was but five months old, were integral to Pink Floyd‘s ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Final Cut.’ In a new interview, he rails against 60 years of what he considers to be unnecessary wars.

“Since the Second World War, I can’t think of one war that I would have sent men to,” he told the Sun. “Take Korea. Eventually, they had to give up and draw a line through the middle and it’s a mess. And I’ve never believed in the domino effect. Vietnam is now one country for better or worse but the whole of South-East Asia didn’t become communist.”

Now living in America, Waters is metaphorically fighting the anti-war war on two fronts. He is concerned both with Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan, which he calls “insane,” and President Obama’s use of drone strikes for its secrecy.

Waters’ staunch anti-war stance, however, led him to perform this past November at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit in New York, where he performed with a group of wounded veterans to raise money for military families. His issue is not with the troops, with whome he sympathizes greatly, but with those who make the decisions to send them into battle.

“At the shows,” he continued. “I’ve met lots of young Englishmen with no arms and legs, who are obviously no different to young Americans or young anyone else with no arms and legs. They’ve all got no arms and legs because of the idiocy of our foreign policies.”

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