Brian Eno - Brian Eno Pens Letter About Middle East Crisis
Veteran musician Brian Eno has written a letter urging U.S. leaders to intervene in the growing conflict in the Middle East.
The music producer sent the passionate note to former Talking Heads musician David Byrne, who published it on his official website.
In the letter, Eno vents his anger at U.S. leaders for not taking action to stop the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, accusing American officials of supporting the war.
He writes, "I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more... I read that the Un (United Nations) had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it. 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...
"Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents 'The West'. So it is The West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy... The war has no moral justification that I can see - but it doesn't even have any pragmatic value either... I'm sorry to burden you all with this. I know you're busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It's us squandering the civilisational capital that we've built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don't get it and I wish that I did."
Eno has also appeared in a video to support the Freedom for Palestine campaign alongside British director Ken Loach, rapper Chuck D and Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters.