(American Football) - Gulf War
-In 1948–49, when he was 18, Pinter opposed the politics of the Cold War, leading to his decision to become a conscientious objector and to refuse to comply with National Service in the British military. However, he told interviewers that, if he had been old enough at the time, he would have fought against the Nazis in World War II.
-Pinter strongly opposed the 1991 Gulf War
-He was very active in the antiwar movement in the United Kingdom, speaking at rallies held by the Stop the War Coalition and frequently criticising American aggression, as when he asked rhetorically, in his acceptance speech for the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry on 18 March 2007: "What would Wilfred Owen make of the invasion of Iraq? A bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the conception of international law."
-American Football sprang from "the triumphism, the machismo, the victory parade, that were very much in evidence at the time" (1991)
-Pinter found it very difficult to publish the poem; several editors refused because although they personally agreed with the sentiments, it was too obscene to publish.