Brian Eno has written an extensive editorial (via Pitchfork) on the escalating Gaza Strip conflict between Israel and Palestine. In a letter shared on David Byrne’s official site, Eno pulls no punches and blames the United States for misrepresenting the West in its refusal to co-sign the UN’s war crimes inquiry against Israel.
“Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing?” Eno asks. “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.
He continues, “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?”
In the interest of providing a fair and balanced report on the matter, Byrne also published a response from Eno’s friend Peter Schwarz, who blames both sides, saying, “I don’t think there is any honor to go around here. Israel has lost its way and commits horrors in the interest of their own survival. And the Arabs and Persians perpetuate a conflict ridden neighborhood with almost no exceptions, fighting against each other and with hate of Israel the only thing that they share.”
Or as Byrne puts it in an introduction to both parties, “What’s clear is that no one has the moral high ground.”