The editor of the right

If it were still necessary to prove that the campaign against the musician Roger Waters is deeply reactionary and aims to silence all opposition to oppression and war by deploying the false accusation of anti-Semitism, Jürgen Kaube, editor-in-chief of the daily right Frankfurter Allgemeine zeitung (FAZ), provided the proof.

In a comment with the cynical title “A right to idiocy”, Kaube insults the famous rock musician, calling him “crazy” and “anti-Semitic”, and becomes angry at Waters’ critical attitude towards the war in Ukraine. Then the columnist of FAZ is pleased that after Berlin, Cologne and Munich, the request is now also being made in Frankfurt “to cancel the concert of musician and BDS supporter Roger Waters”.

Kaube knows his demand is deeply anti-democratic and authoritarian. “But whoever would try to ban the apparitions of the moon worshiper [Waters] would come up against freedom of art and freedom of expression”, he declares with palpable anger.

He nevertheless proposes to enforce censorship: the City of Frankfurt and the Land of Hesse, as shareholders of the Messe, where the concert is to take place on May 28, should “insist on appropriate points [c’est-à-dire l’interdiction de toute remarque critique] be included in future contracts with artists. Or the Mass should simply not enter into such contracts.”

Chairman of the International Editorial Board of World Socialist Web Site, David North, has previously said in a tweet that calling Waters an anti-Semite is “not just a lie.” Especially coming from Kaube’s mouth, this accusation is “also absolutely cynical.”

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Kaube is internationally known as the defender of far-right Humboldt University professor Jörg Baberowski. At the beginning of 2014, Baberowski declared in Der Spiegel: “Hitler was not a psychopath, and he was not a sadist. He did not want to talk about the extermination of the Jews at his table”. In the same article, Baberowski, a supporter of the now deceased Nazi apologist Ernst Nolte, said: “Nolte was the victim of an injustice. Historically speaking, he was right.

In matters of foreign policy, Baberowski beats the drums for operations and methods of warfare contrary to international law. In October 2014, he is spoke during a round table at the German Historical Museum (DHM) on the theme “Germany, an interventionist power?” on Western military operations in Central Asia and the Middle East: “And if one is unwilling to take hostages, burn villages, hang people and sow fear and terror, as the terrorists do, if one is not ready to do such things, then one can never win such a conflict and it is better to stay away from it completely.”

The editor of the right-wing German daily FAZ calls Roger Waters an anti-Semite