Report: White Helmets Tried to Recruit Roger Waters With Saudi Money

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Apr. 19, 2018

Wealthy Saudis tried to recruit Pink Floyd's Roger Waters to push propaganda for the White Helmets pro-Syrian intervention activist group, according to a new report.

From Max Blumenthal:
During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as"a fake organization that exists only tocreate propaganda forjihadists and terrorists." Warning that the groups' unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience,"If we were tolisten tothe propaganda ofthe White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments tostart dropping bombs onpeople inSyria. This would be a mistake ofmonumental proportions forus ashuman beings."
In fact, Waters had first hand experience with the powerful pro-war PR operation behind the White Helmets. Back in October 2016, a public relations firm representing the White Helmets called The Syria Campaign attempted to recruit Waters by inviting him to a lavish dinner organized by a Saudi-British billionaire, Hani Farsi. The rock legend and renowned activist was told that by signing on to the organization's mission, he could help "elevate the voices of Syria's peaceful heroes"

Just days before his recent concert in Barcelona, Waters was lobbied again to support the White Helmets, this time by an eccentric French photojournalist affiliated with what he described as a "very powerfull [sic] syrian network." The activist demanded to join Waters on stage and deliver a message for the "children of syria."

Waters did not respond to either request.

These emailed solicitations from White Helmets representatives and activists were provided by Waters to the Grayzone Project, and are published in full at the bottom of this article. The documents demonstrate how the organization's well-funded public relations apparatus has targeted celebrities as the key to the hearts and minds of the broader Western public.

Unlike many other A-listers, however, Waters took time to research the White Helmets and investigate its ulterior agenda.

"I was quite suspicious after I was invited to that [White Helmets] dinner," Waters told the Grayzone Project. "And now my worst suspicions have been confirmed."
Read Blumenthal's full report.



White Helmets Emails to Roger Waters by Max Blumenthal on Scribd



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