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Krist Novoselic Defends Eddie Vedder, Echoes Anti-War Sentiments

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (via ABC News Radio)

Krist Novoselic has come to Eddie Vedder ’s defense after the Pearl Jam singer’s recent anti-war comments stirred up some controversy.

In a post on his official website , the former Nirvana bassist weighed in on the situation, writing, “Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.”

Later in the post, Novoselic writes, “The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity.... It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band. In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/ Palestine. Thanks Eddie, for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!”

Vedder was first criticized for ranting onstage about war in general, because many interpreted his comments as being specifically about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  He then clarified his comments an anti-war essay, posted on Pearl Jam's website.  

He wrote, " War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on.   W ith all the global achievements in modern technology.... do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism?... We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed."  He also insisted that he was optimistic about the chance that one day there will be peace.

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