RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist Tim Commerford doesn’t believe that Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria (ISIS) is real, explaining that “we created’ the militant group “so we can go drop bombs.”
Commerford, a self-proclaimed conspiracy theorist, made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone magazine in which he opened up about his new project WAKRAT, the status of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame chances and Zack De La Rocha’s latest musical endeavor.
“I don’t believe ISIS is real,” he said. “ISIS has been an inspiration for a lot of the songs that I wrote with WAKRAT. I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, ‘Okay, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS.’ That’s a bunch of shit. I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake.”
He continued: “They’re not real. They’re high-def. They have a soundtrack. The parts of those videos that you couldn’t fake are edited out. At first, I thought it was edited out by our government so our kids wouldn’t be seeing it on the Internet, but no. That’s the way those videos came. The knife starts to cut the neck, and then it fades out. There’s too much stuff that doesn’t look real. They’ve edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs.”
Asked what he thinks happened to the people who ISIS claimed to have killed in the videos,” Commerford responded: “They were already dead.” Pressed about whether he thinks the U.S. government made it up, the bassist said: “Oh, I think it goes so much deeper than just the U.S. government. It’s the same people that put presidents in office all over the world. It’s a global conspiracy of people whose names we’ll never know, but they’re the ones who really run the show because they’re the ones with the deepest pockets.”
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s new DVD, “Live At Finsbury Park”, is set to be released October 16. The concert was filmed in 2010 in London.