Roger Waters - Roger Waters Backs Penn In Falkland Islands Debate
Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters has followed Sean Penn's lead by wading into the Falklands Islands debate, insisting the Atlantic Ocean archipelago should belong to Argentina.
Political arguments over the British-held islands have been re-ignited ahead of the anniversary of the 1982 war, when British troops saw off an invasion of the Falklands by Argentinian forces.
Actor Penn recently came under fire for accusing the British government of "ridiculous colonialism" by hanging onto the islands, and now Waters is also backing calls to hand them over to Argentina.
When asked who the islands should belong to in an interview for Chilean TV, Waters replied, "I think they should be Argentinian."
He then revealed his distaste for the British empire, saying, "I take no pride that for 150 years or so the sun never set on the British Empire and we were out raping and plundering and stealing as much as we could from everybody."
Waters also believes Falkland residents, who class themselves as British, should have a say in the ongoing debate.
He added, "They (residents) are British, aren't they, so they have a point of view and there is a case to be made. The 1982 Falklands war saved (then-prime minister) Margaret Thatcher's political career but cost the lives of many Argentinians and Brits."