U2 FRONTMAN Bono has suggested to the United States Congress that comedy could be a valuable tool in the fight against terrorism.
Testifying to members of a Senate Appropriations committee, a group that allocates spending in the governmental house, Bono said that foreign aid in 2016 is “not charity but rather national security”.
One of the singer’s main points was to suggest that comedy should be used as a tool in the fight against global terrorism.
To do this he suggested that congress should send comedians Chris Rock, Sascha Baron Cohen and Amy Schumer to fight international terror groups.
Bono stated: “Don’t laugh. I think comedy should be deployed. It’s like you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them, when they’re goose-stepping down the street, and it takes away their power.”
In response to his comments, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen stated: “It’s not the first time I’ve heard experts on how do we counter violent extremism talk about that.”
During his speech, Bono also spoke in detail about the refugee crisis that currently exists within Europe, linking it to past European divisions.
“In 1989, the wall that divided Europe came down, a remarkable movement to live through. Who could imagine another set of walls being built,” he said.
According to figures compiled by the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United States currently houses 1057 Syrian refugees. Ireland has welcomed 53 to date.
Bono is also a co-founder of the One campaign, an international non-profit campaigning organisation that fights poverty and disease.
He recently arrived back from an humanitarian trip to Africa and the Middle East where he visited Kenya, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.