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Pink Floyd mainstay Roger Waters is calling President Biden a “war criminal” during his latest US stadium tour — blaming him for “fueling the fire” of Russia’s war with Ukraine.
As part of his show, the 78-year-old rocker flashes a picture of the 46th commander-in-chief onto a giant screen behind the stage along with the words, “War criminal — just getting started.”
Asked about the display over the weekend by CNN, Waters said, “President Biden? Well, he’s fueling the fire in the Ukraine, for a start – that is a huge crime.”
Waters then asked why the US does not “encourage” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky “to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war that’s killing we don’t know how many Russians.”
In a testy, politically charged exchange, CNN’ host Michael Smerconish insisted the rock legend had “got it reversed” by “blaming the party that got invaded.”
“Well, any war, when did it start?” Waters replied, pushing a line that Russian President Vladimir Putin has used to justify his invasion.
“You could say it started in 2008 – this war is basically about the action and reaction of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border, which they promised they wouldn’t do when [former Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from the whole of Eastern Europe,” he said.
Waters shared a similar alternative view when Smerconish suggested China was “busy encircling Taiwan” with ongoing military drills in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governed island.
“They’re not encircling Taiwan – Taiwan is part of China!” Waters said emphatically.
“And that’s been absolutely accepted by the whole of the international community since 1948 – and if you don’t know that, you’re not reading enough. Go and read about it!”
Waters went on to further back Beijing, saying, “The Chinese didn’t invade Iraq and kill a million people in 2003. In fact … who have the Chinese invaded and murdered, slaughtered?”
When Smerconish said “their own,” the rocker snapped, “Bollocks. That’s absolute bollocks. Complete nonsense — you should go away and read!”
Waters’ “This is Not a Drill” tour — which stops at Long Island’s UBS Arena this weekend and Madison Square Garden at the end of this month — also touches on the murder of George Floyd, abortion and gun control.
The projection display even includes a warning on the screen, with Waters reading out, “If you’re one of those ‘I love Pink Floyd, but I can’t stand Roger’s politics’ people, you might do well to f–k off to the bar right now.”
“It sets a few things straight,” Waters told CNN before admitting the backdrop was largely included “because it’s a really good way to start the show.”