Coldplay, U2 Producer Brian Eno: Israel's Attacks on Hamas Equal 'Ethnic Cleansing'

Coldplay, U2 Producer Brian Eno: Israel's Attacks on Hamas Equal 'Ethnic Cleansing'

Music lovers may not know the name Brian Eno, but they know his music.

The veteran producer has helped some of the biggest acts in modern music, thanks to his collaborations with U2, Coldplay and David Byrne.

The producer posted an open letter on Byrne’s web site this week blasting the U.S. for supporting Israel in its current offensive against Hamas, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The letter went much further in its criticism of the Jewish state.

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But – for Christ’s sake! – it’s not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don’t get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that’s the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don’t think that’s the reason… but I have no idea what it could be.

The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can’t work it out: I know you’re not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren’t heard or registered? How come it isn’t your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word ‘America’? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn’t and supports a ragingly racist theocracy?…

The war has no moral justification that I can see  – but it doesn’t even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn’t make Kissingerian ‘Realpolitik’ sense; it just makes us look bad.


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